American Airlines will be the first to take possession which could be as early as Wednesday.
The United States government has approved the delivery of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner — almost 2 years after production defects drew scrutiny and halted deliveries — clearing the way for American Airlines to take possession, the Reuters news agency said citing people briefed on the matter.
American Airlines stated it expects to welcome its first Boeing 787 delivery of the year as early as Wednesday and that the plane will enter commercial service in the coming weeks. The plane is its first 787 delivery since April 2021.
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Earlier on Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stated it expected Boeing to restart deliveries of its 787 in the coming days after the manufacturer made inspection and retrofit changes required to meet certification standards.
Boeing shares climbed as much as 3.7 percent in New York following the statement before paring the gain. The stock has fallen 18 percent this year.
Boeing suspended deliveries in May 2021 after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) raised concerns about its proposed inspection method. In September 2020, the FAA told it was investigating manufacturing flaws in some 787 jetliners.
American Airlines stated on a July earnings call it expects to welcome 9 787s this year, including 2 in early August. It has 42 on order, excluding the plane it expects to welcome this week.
- Last month, the FAA approved Boeing’s plan for specific inspections to verify the airplane meets needs and that all retrofit work has been completed.
Boeing has about 120 Dreamliners awaiting delivery
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told it “will inspect each aircraft before an airworthiness certificate is given and cleared for delivery”. Typically the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) delegates airplane ticketing authority to the manufacturer but in some models, like the 737 MAX, it has retained responsibility for approving each new plane.
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In the aftermath of 2 fatal 737 MAX crashes in 2018 and 2019, the FAA pledged to scrutinize Boeing more closely and delegate fewer responsibilities to Boeing for aircraft certification.
On Thursday, Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen met with FAA safety inspectors in South Carolina as the agency mulled whether to allow Boeing to restart 787 deliveries.
Before Boeing suspended production, the FAA had previously given 2 airworthiness directives to address production problems for in-service aircraft. It identified a new problem in July 2021.
The planemaker restarted deliveries in March 2021 after a five-month hiatus before halting them again. The FAA stated earlier it wanted Boeing to confirm it “has a robust plan for the re-work that it must perform on a large volume of new 787s in storage” and that “Boeing’s delivery processes are stable”.
In January, Boeing disclosed a $3.5bn charge due to 787 delivery delays and customer concessions, and another $1bn in abnormal production costs stemming from production flaws and related repairs and inspections.
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