Separately, the United States Federal Aviation Administration decided to independently manage the final pre-delivery checks of four 787 jets last week, the latest signal from the agency’s more rigorous examination of Boeing after two fatal crashes. from 737 MAX.
Boeing Co has resumed deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner jets, handing over a plane to United Airlines on Friday, a first step as the American aircraft manufacturer remedies production defects that have ruled out dozens of planes.
Reuters news agency reported last week that Boeing remained on track to resume deliveries of some 787s this month, which a Boeing spokeswoman said remained the target.
The delivery from its South Carolina plant comes as Boeing undertakes thorough repairs and forensic inspections to correct deep-seated structural integrity flaws in dozens of 787s, issues that have halted deliveries since October, cutting an essential source of liquidity.
Inspections and renovations could take up to a month per plane and would likely cost hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars, depending on how many planes in the fleet are affected and the faults involved, sources said. to Reuters.
“We have resumed 787 deliveries, after several months of technical analysis and inspection work,” Boeing spokeswoman Jessica Kowal said by email.
A United Airlines representative did not immediately return a request for comment.
Separately last week, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration decided to independently manage the final pre-delivery checks of four 787 jets, at the latest signal from the agency’s more rigorous scrutiny of Boeing after two fatal crashes on the 737 MAX.
The 787 United Airlines was one of those four aircraft inspected by the FAA.