(Washington) The United States Civil Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Monday that Boeing had made the “necessary changes” to resume deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner after it had been completely suspended since May 2021 due to operational problems.
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“We expect deliveries to resume in the coming days,” the FAA said in a statement, assuring that the agency will inspect each aircraft prior to delivery.
Acting FAA Director Billy Nolen met with agency safety inspectors in South Carolina last week to confirm they were pleased with the improvement actions taken by the FAA.
He spoke to them about the measures taken to improve production quality, but also about the guarantees of independence for the employees who have to ensure compliance with the regulations on the assembly lines.
When contacted by AFP, Boeing said, “We will continue to work with the FAA and with our customers to resume 787 deliveries.”
The first defects in the 787 Dreamliner long-haul aircraft had already been discovered at the end of summer 2020. After the device was examined closely, other problems had arisen in the meantime.
Boeing initially had to suspend deliveries from November 2020 to March 2021, then since the end of May.
breath of fresh air
After deciding in March 2021 to self-inspect certain 787s, the FAA announced in February that it had temporarily removed Boeing’s ability to self-certify its 787 Dreamliners.
This task is usually delegated to Boeing employees who, under an agreement between the authorities and the manufacturer, can perform aircraft inspection and airworthiness certification on behalf of the FAA.
At the end of June, the company had 120 of these devices in its inventory and claimed to be producing them at a very low price.
A total of 1,006 Boeing Dreamliners have been delivered since the first orders were placed in 2004.
The US regulator’s green light is a breath of fresh air for the manufacturer, which relied on supplies of the 737 MAX for its cash flow, a plane grounded for 20 months in 2019 and 2020 after two fatal accidents.
Boeing just booked nearly 300 orders and commitments at the Farnborough Air Show in the UK, well ahead of Airbus, although the American planemaker’s order book is still weaker than that of its European competitor.