Boeing takes another step toward resuming 787 Dreamliner deliveries

Posted Jul 30, 2022, 12:19 PMUpdated on Jul 31, 2022 at 1:48 p.m.

The end of a long nightmare for Boeing? According to the American press, the resumption of deliveries of the 787 Dreamliner would be imminent. US aviation safety regulators have indeed approved a plan by the manufacturer to solve the aircraft’s problems, say “Aviation Week” magazine and other headlines.

The first delivery of the 787 Dreamliner could even take place in a few days. But the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will still have to authorize each aircraft delivery.

A hundred Dreamliners in stock

On the occasion of the presentation of its quarterly results, Boeing has just declared that it is in the “final stages” of preparing to restart deliveries of the 787 Dreamliner. Deliveries of this aircraft, totally strategic for the Airbus rival, have been interrupted since November 2019 following the discovery of manufacturing defects and have cost the company around 5.5 billion dollars (5.41 billion euros ).

Currently, more than 120 aircraft already assembled are awaiting delivery authorization. More than 25 billion dollars of potential revenue are thus tied up. And the ban on deliveries ended up considerably slowing down the pace of manufacturing for the American aircraft manufacturer, which has only delivered 14 planes since the start of 2021.

Since the first copy left the factory in 2007, the aircraft manufacturer has encountered a long list of misadventures for this model, despite it being the “best-seller” in its civil aviation branch. In 2014 in particular, a problem of overheating of lithium ion batteries had grounded all the devices in service and led the FAA to impose a fine of several million dollars.

The problems of the 787 Dreamliner are not the only ones affecting the American giant, which has also been weakened by the accidents of its new 737 MAX launched in an emergency in 2011 to cope with the rise of Airbus in single-aisle aircraft with the success of its A320 Neo. The crashes which caused the death of 346 people also considerably weakened the image of reliability and rigor of a Boeing which, since then, has been rebuilding its relationship with the FAA step by step.

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