New Boeing 787 Issue Could Slow Deliveries This Year
Boeing is once again having Dreamliner issues. The company revealed on Tuesday a new defect on its 787 Dreamliner planes and said it will delay deliveries of the wide-body aircraft.
“We are inspecting 787s in our inventory for a nonconforming condition related to a fitting on the horizontal stabilizer,” Boeing said in a statement as reported by CNBC. “Airplanes found to have a nonconforming condition will be reworked prior to ticket and delivery.”
The issue Boeing detected relates to tiny spacing in the horizontal stabilizer. While the newly-found production snafu does not pose a flight safety concern, it follows a month-long 787 delivery stoppage that was resolved in March and adds yet another delay as the U.S. planemaker.
It also comes at a time when airlines are rushing to add new planes to capitalize on the summer travel boom.
The latest issue currently doesn’t affect Boeing’s full-year outlook for Dreamliner deliveries, the company said. Boeing has estimated that it would deliver between 70 and 80 of the planes this year.
The company has also had to rework some of its bestselling 737 Max planes this year.