Boeing Resumes 787 Dreamliner Deliveries
By Andrew Tangel
Boeing Co. resumed deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner, a step
toward moving past production problems with the widebody jets.
A United Airlines Holdings Inc. spokeswoman said the
Chicago-based carrier received a 787 on Friday and expected a
second as soon as Monday.
The plane maker had halted deliveries of the popular jets in
October after a series of production quality lapses. The problems
have prompted stepped-up regulatory scrutiny and hindered Boeing's
ability to generate cash amid the Covid-19 pandemic, which has hurt
demand for air travel and the airplanes it produces.
A Boeing spokesman declined to comment on the pace of deliveries
for the company's backlog of Dreamliners, which it has moved to
produce at a rate of five airplanes a month. Since halting
deliveries in October, Boeing has built up an inventory of more
than 80 finished planes, according to aviation data provider Ascend
The Boeing spokesman said the company thoroughly examined many
aspects of the 787 program to ensure newly delivered airplanes
"meet all regulatory requirements and Boeing's highest quality
The Dreamliner production lapses spurred a broad review by the
Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA has long empowered Boeing
to perform the final safety signoffs for planes on the regulator's
behalf. But earlier this year, it informed Boeing its own
inspectors, rather than the company's, would issue final routine
safety approvals on four newly produced Dreamliners. The FAA has
said it could take a similar step for more Dreamliners.
Write to Andrew Tangel at Andrew.Tangel@wsj.com
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