Boeing confirmed on Tuesday that comments from the FAA on production issues involving the 787 have prompted it to continue to “adjust” its approach to address the agency’s concerns, resulting in what it calls “a short-lived impact. term “on its operations. sources close to the talks said Boeing is not challenging a recent the Wall Street newspaper report that the company will not resume Dreamliner deliveries until the end of October, at least in part due to internal disagreements over the number of planes needed for a proper sample of production patches to apply to 106 planes still in stock.
“We have engaged with the FAA on this issue in meetings and work sessions for hundreds of hours and will continue to do so,” Boeing said in a statement to AIN. “Additionally, as we have said, Boeing wants and expects our teammates to speak freely, ask questions and present different perspectives on very complex and technical issues. We value the direction and feedback from the FAA every step of the way and adjust our approach as necessary to respond to that feedback. While this work has a short-term impact on our operations, it is the right course of action and we will continue to take the time necessary to ensure we meet the highest standards.
Boeing halted Dreamliner shipments late last year and finally managed to deliver two by the end of the first quarter of this year. It delivered 12 more until the end of May, when it again had to put shipments on hold due to an FAA request for additional documents related to quality issues.
Last September, Boeing discovered that mechanics were squeezing some components of the horizontal stabilizer together with a force greater than that required by technical specifications, which could lead to an incorrect gap check or timing when workers assembled the component. This issue further slowed deliveries as the company performed special inspections to address imperfections in fuselage coatings and timing issues in some of the rear fuselages of aircraft first discovered in 2019.
More recently, Boeing revealed in July that it had discovered other issues with the front pressure bulkhead. During inspections, engineers found small gaps between two sections of the bulkhead and reported the problem to the FAA. The trade-in involves the removal and replacement of the component, a Boeing spokesperson confirmed. Whether or not planes already in service will have to undergo similar alterations remains unclear.