Boeing Co. has resumed deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner, a step towards overcoming production issues with large aircraft.
A spokeswoman for United Airlines Holdings Inc. said the Chicago-based carrier received a 787 on Friday and was expecting a second as early as Monday.
The aircraft manufacturer halted deliveries of popular jets in October after a series of production quality failures. The problems prompted intensified regulatory scrutiny and hampered Boeing’s ability to generate cash in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hurt demand for air travel and the aircraft it produces.
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A Boeing spokesperson declined to comment on the pace of deliveries for the company’s Dreamliners order book, which it has decided to produce at a rate of five planes per month. Since halting deliveries in October, Boeing has built up an inventory of more than 80 finished aircraft, according to aeronautical data provider Ascend by Cirium.
The Boeing spokesperson said the company had thoroughly reviewed many aspects of the 787 program to ensure that newly delivered aircraft “meet all regulatory requirements and Boeing’s highest quality standards.”
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The production shutdowns of the Dreamliner have prompted extensive scrutiny from the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA has long allowed Boeing to perform final aircraft safety approvals on behalf of the regulator. Midway through the review, he informed Boeing that its own inspectors, rather than the company, will issue final routine safety approvals on four newly produced Dreamliners. The FAA has said it may take a similar step for more Dreamliners.