US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has received preliminary approval from the US aviation authority FAA to be able to supply the 787 Dreamliner again, sources told Bloomberg News. The 787 Dreamliner has been discontinued for nearly two years due to construction defects.
The insider says the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA for short, has approved Boeing’s plans to inspect and repair construction defects in the airframe. The construction error was in connecting parts of the hull of the boxes. At that time, holes were found in about twenty places that had not been properly filled.
The FAA’s approval doesn’t immediately mean sales of the aircraft type will rebound. Boeing must first make the required repairs. The FAA must then inspect and certify each aircraft individually. According to sources, Boeing aims to resume aircraft deliveries around August 8.
Since the end of 2020, about 120 787 Dreamliners, which cost about 338 million dollars (converted about 330 million euros), have been discontinued. Airlines such as American Airlines have aircraft on order from Boeing.
If the plane can be sold again, Boeing may be able to offset the previous financial damage caused by having to keep the plane on the ground. In the second quarter of this year, Boeing made sharply lower profits than the previous year, in part due to production problems with the 787 Dreamliner.
Earlier this month, Boeing’s commercial director, Stan Dale, said the aircraft maker plans to ramp up production. With the delivery of the Dreamliners, the stock will drop, he said during the important Farnborough Air Show in the UK. There, Boeing received more new orders for the first time than rival Airbus, which has done much better for years.