Home / News / World /  Boeing to resume 787 Dreamliner deliveries; US approves inspection, rework plan

According to two sources familiar with the situation reported to Reuters, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States, on July 29, approved Boeing's inspection and modification plan to resume 787 Dreamliner deliveries. After extensive deliberation, the FAA approved Boeing's proposal, which should allow Boeing to resume deliveries in August after it stopped them in May 2021, according to Reuters sources.

The FAA agreement is a milestone for the company, but it won’t immediately resume sales. Boeing must still make required fixes and get FAA inspectors to approve each aircraft, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information hasn’t been publicly announced.

A total of 120 of the jets, which retail for as much as $338 million, had been constructed but were parked and waiting for the FAA’s approval to resume sales, according to the company.

“We will continue to work transparently with the FAA and our customers towards resuming 787 deliveries," Boeing said in an e-mailed statement.

The resumption of shipments will mark a financial turnaround for Boeing after years of operational lapses that have frustrated customers, suppliers and investors. It’s also a potential catalyst for Boeing shares, since the Arlington, Virginia-based company will start to unlock nearly $10 billion in cash tied up in about 120 Dreamliners stashed around its factories and in desert storage, according to Rob Spingarn, an analyst with Melius Research.

Boeing plans to gradually ramp up production as it reduces the inventory of undelivered 787s, Stan Deal, the company’s commercial chief, said in an interview at the Farnborough International Airshow. The aviation titan has been working with suppliers to step up hiring and prepare for the higher tempo, he said.

The chief problem for the 787 had been how the plane’s carbon-fiber fuselage sections were joined, which didn’t meet Boeing’s design specifications but wasn’t deemed to be a safety hazard.

The company’s plan to resume sales also includes addressing how the planemaker constructed the so-called forward pressure bulkhead, the structure near the nose that maintains pressurized atmosphere, and other issues that had arisen during the past year, said one of the people.

(With agency inputs)

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