The FAA clears shipments of Boeing 787 Dreamliners after a weeks-long grounding

  • The Federal Aviation Administration said Boeing could resume deliveries of its 787 Dreamliners next week.
  • Boeing said it has completed work on the wide-body aircraft required to resume deliveries, which were halted on February 23 after an error was discovered in data analysis.
  • The company’s shares rose on news of the issue being resolved and traded higher late in the session.

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

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The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that Boeing can resume deliveries of its 787 Dreamliners as early as next week, after a data analysis case halted deliveries of the wide-body jets.

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

Boeing said earlier on Friday that it had completed the work required to resume deliveries of aircraft 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 a production or fleet operation,” a Boeing spokesperson said. “The FAA will determine when ticketing and delivery for the 787 will resume, and we are working with our customers on the timing of delivery.”

Boeing shares rose on news that the problem had been resolved and traded higher late in the session.

On February 23, Boeing paused deliveries of the aircraft, after discovering an error in data analysis related to the aircraft’s forward depressurization bulkhead.

It was the latest in a series of pauses in aircraft deliveries: A series of manufacturing defects on twin-aisle planes forced Boeing to suspend deliveries for most of the previous two years until last August.

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Dreamliner customers include major carriers such as American Airlines. The planes will be delivered as airlines prepare for a busy spring and summer travel season, when they generate a significant chunk of their revenue.

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