Boeing delivered its first 787 Dreamliner since last October, an aircraft intended for United Airlines. At the same time, the aircraft manufacturer continues to inspect others for minor structural flaws.
United received a new 787-9 Dreamliner on Friday and will receive another copy next Monday, a spokesperson for the airline said. The first plane will be delivered from Charleston, South Carolina to the carrier’s San Francisco hub. Further deliveries to United have yet to be scheduled. The American airline therefore has 61 of these wide-body aircraft from version 8 to 10 and should receive 10 more this year.
Friday’s handover ended a five-month delivery disruption that squeezed Boeing’s cash flow and worsened those financial woes amid the coronavirus pandemic and as its 737 MAX just completed a 20-month downtime after two fatal crashes. Over 80 Dreamliners are in stock today. “Today we resumed 787 deliveries after several months of rigorous engineering analysis, inspection, and rework as needed to ensure that every aircraft we deliver meets all regulatory requirements,” said Lane Ballard. , who runs the Chicago-based company’s Dreamliner program, in a March 26 statement.
The Federal Aviation Administration FAA in the United States said Thursday night it had cleared two of the four planes it had performed a special examination on. However, it had not yet carried out the checks of the other two models, a procedure necessary for the issuance of their certificate of airworthiness. Normally, the agency usually delegated these final inspections to Boeing employees.