A Boeing 787-10 aircraft under construction for Singapore Airlines (front, left) sits in the Final Assembly Area with other aircraft for a delivery ceremony of the first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner at Boeing South Carolina in North Charleston, South Carolina, United States States March 25, 2018.
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The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that Boeing will fix another manufacturing flaw discovered on some of its 787 Dreamliner aircraft that have not yet been delivered to customers.
Boeing stopped supplying widebody aircraft for the second time in a year in May as the FAA reviewed the manufacturer’s method of evaluating the aircraft. Boeing first revealed incorrect distances in some parts of certain 787 aircraft, including the fuselage, last year, halting deliveries for five months.
The FAA said the latest problem was discovered “near the nose” of certain 787 Dreamliners that Boeing has manufactured but not delivered.
“This issue was discovered as part of the ongoing system-wide inspection of Boeing’s 787 shimming processes required by the FAA,” the agency said. The FAA’s comments were previously reported by Reuters.
“While the problem does not pose an immediate threat to flight safety, Boeing has committed to repair these aircraft before resuming deliveries,” the FAA said.
Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for comment and it was not yet clear how long the process could take. The company has about 100 Dreamliners that have not yet been delivered.
Most of an aircraft’s price is paid when it’s delivered to customers, so further delays could put more financial pressure on Boeing, which is trying to regain a foothold after two deadly crashes that killed its best-selling 737 Max. ground and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Based on data, the FAA will determine whether similar changes should be made to 787s already in commercial service,” the FAA said.