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Deliveries of new Boeing 787 Dreamliners delayed till October

Robert Besser
07 Sep 2021, 16:25 GMT+10

SEATTLE, Washington: Deliveries of Boeing's long-troubled 787 Dreamliners will be again delayed until at least late October, as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has rejected Boeing's proposal to quickly inspect them, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

In July, the FAA reported that some undelivered Boeing 787s have a new manufacturing quality issue the company needs to fix before shipment.

The ruling means Boeing will have to wait for payment of the 787s, since airlines pay most of the purchase price upon delivery of new aircraft.

Boeing met with FAA officials on August 2 to propose that the agency use an inspection method that would be targeted checks, rather than nose-to-tail teardowns, the newspaper said.

However, an FAA spokesman said the agency will not sign off on the inspections "until our safety experts are satisfied."

Since 2020, Boeing's 737 MAX and 787 have suffered electrical defects and other issues and, following a five month delay, only resumed deliveries of the 787 in March.

A Boeing spokesperson noted that the company would provide full transparency with regulators and work with the FAA during the inspection process to resume 787 deliveries.

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