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Boeing reveals a new problem with 787 Dreamliner

Boeing (B.A) on Tuesday unveiled a new issue with the 787 Dreamliner wide-body jet, which has been plagued by problems since August. The company said some of the plane’s fuselages were not attached to meet the correct standards.

Sites where aircraft parts are attached must meet precision standards down to the smallest fraction of an inch. There are questions about the inspection process that is used to verify this work.

The company said it is working with the FAA on the issue and has identified a way to fix the 787s that have not yet been delivered to customers. Boeing said there is no need to ground 787s already in service.

Boeing will repair undelivered aircraft and inspect them prior to delivery. The company said the process will take a few weeks.

“We will continue to take the necessary time to ensure that Boeing aircraft meet the highest standards prior to delivery,” the company said in a statement.

The company has about 100 undelivered Dreamliners. In April, they said they hoped to deliver most of those planes by 2021. However, Boeing said on Tuesday that it would not be able to meet that target due to problems with the 787.

The company temporarily halted 787 deliveries last August and recommended a handful of lambs be temporarily grounded for inspection. These aircraft have been returned to service. Boeing also resumed deliveries of the planes in March.

Strong orders and delivery

The news overshadowed last month’s very strong orders and delivery numbers.

The automaker reported on Tuesday that June was its best month for new orders since 2018, thanks to a record order from United Airlines for 200 737 airplanes during the month. And reported the best month for deliveries since March 2019, when a fatal 737 Max crash grounded the Ray IA stop for 20 months. Of delivery

Boeing said it delivered 45 planes last month. This is important to the company’s finances, as it receives most of its revenue from the sale of aircraft at the time of delivery. It delivered 33 737 MAX aircraft, 2 military versions of the 737 and 10 wide-body aircraft. But there was only one 787 for Turkish Airlines. Most of the other bodies were cargo aircraft or military aircraft, indicating a weak wide-body market share.

United’s massive 737 Max order was a big vote of confidence for the plane and an expected recovery in air travel demand. But these orders were the only passenger jet orders that Boeing booked in June. The other 19 planes ordered were supplies they bought more FedEx (FDX).

Ongoing issues

But the delayed deliveries and lower-than-expected production for the 787 announced Tuesday will be costly for the company, which posted underlying operating losses of nearly $20 billion over the past eight quarters.

Boeing is expected to finally report a profit in its just-ended second quarter. While he may be able to return to profitability, Tuesday’s news underscores quality issues that…

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