The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner may not be delivered until the end of October -WSJ
(Reuters) – Boeing Co’s delivery of 787 Dreamliners will likely remain on hold until at least the end of October, as the Federal Aviation Administration rejected the company’s recent offer to inspect them, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.
The FAA confirmed on July 12 that certain undelivered Boeing 787s had a new build quality issue that the company needed to address before shipping.
Airlines pay most of the purchase price on delivery.
Boeing met with the FAA on August 2 to persuade the agency to approve an inspection method that would speed up deliveries with targeted checks rather than end-to-end teardowns, the newspaper said.
Regulators have reported internal company disagreements over the size of the aircraft sample and reiterated that the group of Boeing employees who act as internal regulator must approve the company’s proposals, the company adds. report.
An FAA spokesperson said the agency continued to engage with Boeing and would not approve inspections “until our safety experts are satisfied.”
The Boeing 737 MAX and 787 have been plagued by electrical faults and other issues since late last year, and they only resumed 787 deliveries in March after a five-month hiatus.
A Boeing spokesperson said the company is committed to ensuring full transparency with regulators and working with the FAA throughout the rigorous process of resuming 787 deliveries.
(Reporting by Aishwarya Nair in Bangalore; editing by Richard Chang)