Boeing said on Friday that it is providing additional information related to the inspection of its 787 Dreamliner to the Federal Aviation Administration, causing further delays in the delivery of the aircraft.
The company had previously halted 787 deliveries for months as its officials and regulators noticed quality concerns. Boeing resumed delivery of aircraft to customers in March and had since handed over 11 aircraft to its customers.
The latest disruption comes as Boeing, the troubled aerospace manufacturer, attempts to address delays and concerns about its many aircraft.
“Boeing still needs to show that its proposed inspection method will meet the FAA’s federal safety regulations,” the FAA said in a statement. “The FAA is waiting for additional data from Boeing before determining whether the company’s solution meets safety regulations. Since the FAA has not approved Boeing’s proposal, Boeing temporarily offered its customers Has decided to stop delivery. “
Current delay, First reported by The Wall Street Journal, Stems from the same issue that caused the previous disruption: a concern is used with the shim where portions of the aircraft’s torso come together. Boeing used a statistical analysis to identify where oversight is needed, but the FAA does not agree that the approach is adequate.
“We are working to provide the FAA with additional information related to the analysis and documentation associated with the 787’s verification work,” Boeing said in a statement. “We continue to work closely with the FAA in a transparent and timely manner. There is no impact on the in-service fleet.”
The 787 Dreamliner, a wide-body aircraft used by airlines in long haul flights, is one of Boeing’s most important jets. But its demand has weakened during the epidemic as airlines have been forced to greatly reduce their schedules, especially for longer hauls and international flights.
Another Boeing aircraft, the 737 MAX, was banned worldwide for nearly two years after two fatal accidents. The aircraft began flying passengers again at the end of last year, but Boeing asked some customers to stop flying it last month as the company investigated a potential electrical problem. earlier this month, Boeing gets FAA approval for proposed fix To that issue.
on Thursday, Boeing also agreed to pay at least $ 17 million And make production changes in agreement with the agency on individual production flaws associated with hundreds of 737 MAX and 737NG aircraft. Last week, House Democrats said they are seeking records from Boeing and the FAA Regarding recent problems with the 737 Maxx and 787 Dreamliner.