- Boeing filed incomplete documents for its 787, FAA sources told Reuters.
- About 100 jets worth US$12.5 billion have been parked since May last year.
- Boeing has told investors that inspections and repairs have cost $5.5 billion to date.
Boeing has submitted incomplete documents to regulators for its 787 Dreamliner jets, which have been suspended for a year over safety and production concerns, reports say.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sources told Reuters that the regulator identified “several omissions” in documents submitted by Boeing in April and returned several for completion, casting doubt on the aircraft’s eventual delivery date and expanding on broader security. concerns.
Boeing’s 787 jets are worth $12.5 billion, with 100 of the twin-aisle Dreamliners parked in stock for a year as the company handles inspections and repairs that it estimates have cost up to $5.5 billion.
A source told Reuters it was too early to be sure whether the latest edition would lead to further delays in deliveries.
Boeing and the FAA did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests to clarify the omissions outside of normal working hours. An FAA spokesperson told Reuters that “security drives the pace of our analyses.”
On the company’s Q1 2022 earnings call on April 27, Boeing Chief Executive Dave Calhoun called the presentation “a very important step” in resuming 787 delivery as it also continues to grapple with issues. around the 737 Max, involved in two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019.
The company has agreements with several airlines for its 787s, including Virgin Atlantic, and, according to its website, has a current backlog of 405 jets. He indicated that production was halted until he could clear the backlog.
Boeing halted deliveries of its 787 in May 2021 after the FAA raised concerns about the jet’s inspection method, citing unacceptable gaps between the fuselages.
In February, the regulator said it would not let the manufacturer certify new 787s for flight until “Boeing’s quality control and manufacturing processes consistently produce 787s that meet FAA design standards,” indicating that it would inspect all jets for approval.
This week, Boeing Chief Financial Officer Brian West was optimistic about the progress of the 787 delivery when he spoke at a Goldman Sachs conference.
“This presentation of the certification plan was an important milestone and reflects a very complete and comprehensive set of documents that verify that we are in compliance,” said West.
He added, “And there’s been a tremendous amount of work on that, working side by side with the FAA along the way.”