FAA clears deliveries of Boeing 787 Dreamliner after weeks of hiatus

  • Boeing can resume deliveries of its 787 Dreamliners as early as next week, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • Boeing said it was finishing work on the wide-body jetliners required to resume deliveries, which were halted on February 23 after a data analysis error was discovered.
  • The company’s shares rose on the news that the issue had been resolved and traded higher late in the session.

An American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner approaches for landing at Miami International Airport on December 10, 2021 in Miami, Florida.

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Boeing could resume deliveries of its 787 Dreamliners as early as next week, the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday, after a data analytics problem halted deliveries of the wide-body jetliners.

“Boeing addressed the FAA’s concerns,” the agency said in a statement. “The FAA may resume issuing certificates of airworthiness next week.”

Boeing said earlier Friday that it has completed the work necessary to resume deliveries of planes to airlines and other customers.

“We have completed the necessary analysis confirming that the aircraft continues to meet all relevant requirements and does not require production or fleet action,” a Boeing spokesman said. “The FAA will determine when 787 tickets and deliveries will resume, and we are working with our customers on delivery timing.”

Boeing shares rose on news that the problem had been resolved, ending the trading session nearly 1% higher.

On February 23, Boeing paused deliveries of the planes after a data analysis error related to the plane’s forward thrust bulkhead was discovered.

It was the latest in a series of supply breaks for the jets: A series of production failures on the twin-aisle planes forced Boeing to suspend deliveries for much of the two years leading up to last August.

Dreamliner customers include major airlines such as American Airlines. The jets would be delivered just as airlines are gearing up for a busy spring and summer travel season where they earn a large portion of their revenue.

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