The US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has received preliminary permission from the US aviation authority FAA to be allowed to deliver the 787 Dreamliner again, sources told Bloomberg News Agency. The 787 Dreamliner had been grounded for almost two years due to construction errors.
The Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA for short, has approved Boeing’s plans to inspect and repair the structural flaws in the airframe, the insiders say. The construction error was in the joining of parts of the hull of the boxes. In about twenty places at the time, holes were found that were not properly filled.
The FAA’s approval does not directly mean that sales of the device type will pick up again. Boeing must first make the required repairs. The FAA will then have to inspect and approve each aircraft separately. According to the sources, Boeing is aiming to resume deliveries of the aircraft around August 8.
Since the end of 2020, around 120 of the 787 Dreamliners, worth around 338 million dollars each (converted into around 330 million euros), have been on the ground. Airlines such as American Airlines have ordered the aircraft from Boeing.
If the aircraft can be sold again, Boeing may be able to compensate for previous financial damage caused by having to keep the aircraft on the ground. In the second quarter of this year, Boeing achieved a significantly lower profit than a year earlier, partly due to production problems with the 787 Dreamliner.
Earlier this month, Stan Deal, Boeing’s commercial director, said the aircraft manufacturer plans to ramp up production. With the delivery of the Dreamliners, the stock is going down, he said during the important aviation show Farnborough in the United Kingdom.
There, for the first time, Boeing won more new orders than rival Airbus, which did much better for many years. Boeing received orders for 297 aircraft and Airbus for only 85. Boeing also expects global aviation to need well over 2 million new employees over the next twenty years as its airliner fleet will double, now that the pandemic is on its return.