The Boeing Company is planning to up the production of its 787 Dreamliners, since the US air regulatory bodies give the aircraft manufacturer a green light to resume its deliveries, citing a source familiar with the matter.
According to the source, the company is aiming to boost the production of the wide-body jet to three aircraft per month, from previously making one a month. After six months, Boeing is planning to further increase production to five 787 Dreamliners per month.
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Nonetheless, the source noted that further decisions to rise production will depend on the aircraft’s demand. In the past two years, Boeing was unable to deliver Dreamliners as a result of numerous production flaws.
After more than a year, aviation giant Boeing will be allowed to resume deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner aircraft after the company made changes to its manufacturing process.
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Deliveries of the top-selling widebody plane have been halted since 2021, so the news will be welcomed by US airlines and travellers who have suffered from massive delays and cancelled flights in recent weeks, partly due to the shortage of aircraft.
Approval to resume deliveries would be a boost for Boeing, which collects a big chunk of each plane’s purchase price at delivery. Boeing has accumulated a backlog of about 120 undelivered 787s.
The plane, which Boeing calls the Dreamliner, lists at USD 248 million to USD 338 million depending on size, although airlines pay far less than the sticker price.
Issues with the 787 started in 2020 when small gaps were found between panels of the fuselage that are made of carbon composite material. That prompted inspections that turned up problems with a pressurization bulkhead at the front of the plane.
Boeing also had to replace titanium parts including fasteners after it was discovered that the Italian supplier used alloys that did not meet FAA standards. Boeing hopes to resume production rates for the Dreamliner to be at least 5 aircraft per month
With new orders and excluding the Dreamliner backlogs, Boeing currently has a backlog of 3,959 aircraft, consisting primarily of its narrowbodies with 3,550-737s, 3-747s, 104-767s, and 302-777s. However, clearing these production backlogs would be slightly more complex for Boeing than its Dreamliner deliveries as the manufacturer faces supply chain constraints.