Boeing is poised to resume deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner jets within days, almost two years after handovers were largely halted as a result of manufacturing flaws.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in an emailed statement Monday that Boeing “has made the necessary changes to ensure that the 787 Dreamliner meets all certification standards”. Bloomberg had previously reported that deliveries could resume as early as this week.
Boeing’s shares climbed as much as 3.7 per cent in New York following the announcement. The stock fell 18 per cent this year through Friday’s close.
The carbon-fiber widebody jetliner has been the subject of scrutiny since issues were discovered including flaws in how its fuselage sections were joined. While deliveries were largely paused in late 2020 – and none have gone to customers in more than a year – the issues were not viewed as a safety hazard and airlines were allowed to continue operating their existing 787s.
“We continue to work transparently with the FAA and our customers towards resuming 787 deliveries”, Boeing said in a separate statement.
Resuming deliveries will help Boeing start to turn the corner on years of operational lapses that have frustrated customers, suppliers and investors. The Virginia-based company will start to unlock nearly $10 billion (€9.8bn) in cash tied up in the 120 already-built Dreamliners stashed around its factories and in desert storage, according to Rob Spingarn, an analyst with Melius Research.
FAA acting administrator Billy Nolen last week visited a Boeing South Carolina plant where the planes are built to meet with safety inspectors and company officials. – Bloomberg