According to a Reuters article, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) discovered that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner certification documentation was inadequate, increasing concerns that 787 deliveries might be further delayed.
According to the article, the US aviation regulator has sent a portion of the 787 certification documentation back to Boeing, demanding more information.
However, the story, which quoted sources, noted that it was too soon to predict whether FAA worries would result in a new 787 delivery delay.
The FAA’s concerns come roughly three weeks after Boeing announced that the 787 Dreamliner certification plan had been submitted to the US FAA.
“We completed the required work on initial airplanes and are conducting Boeing check flights. We will continue to give our teams the time they need, engage transparently, and follow the lead of our regulator on the next steps and timing,” Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun said on April 27, 2022, commenting on the situation regarding the Dreamliners.
According to Boeing at the time, the 787’s production pace is currently very low and will remain so until deliveries resume, with a gradual restoration to five per month envisaged. Boeing also stated in its first-quarter financial report that it expects “787 anomalous expenses of approximately $2 billion, the majority of which will be incurred by the end of 2023.”
According to a Reuters article from May 13, 2022, Boeing continued to work closely with the FAA, and the FAA declined to comment beyond saying that the pace of the study was controlled by safety.
Because of structural difficulties, Dreamliner deliveries have been halted since May 2021. The FAA also declared on February 15, 2022, that each 787 Dreamliner will require final approval before being delivered to consumers.
Several airlines, including American Airlines (A1G), have been impacted by Boeing 787 aircraft delivery delays (AAL). Due to Boeing’s inability to supply 787 Dreamliners, the Fort Worth-based carrier was forced to change its summer schedule and curtail flights.
After the summer season of 2022, the airline intends to receive seven 787-8s. The remaining six 787-8 aircraft will arrive in 2023, followed by four 787-9 version aircraft in 2024.
American had previously estimated that 10 787-8 Dreamliners will be delivered in 2022.