Boeing 787 Dreamliners have a new manufacturing problem, the FAA says – this time in the jets’ noses

Boeing 787 Dreamliner unveil
The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

  • Some undelivered Boeing 787 Dreamliners have a new manufacturing issue, the FAA said.
  • The problem is near the Dreamliner’s nose and will be fixed before the 787s are delivered, it said.
  • Boeing previously halted deliveries of the 787 Dreamliner due to quality-control problems.
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Monday said that some undelivered Boeing 787 Dreamliners had a new manufacturing quality issue, Reuters first reported.

Boeing, the largest US planemaker, will fix the problem before the planes will be delivered, the FAA said.

The issue is “near the nose on certain 787 Dreamliners in the company’s inventory of undelivered airplanes,” The FAA said. The problem was discovered during an inspection of Boeing’s 787 manufacturing, the administration said.

“Although the issue poses no immediate threat to flight safety, Boeing has committed to fix these airplanes before resuming deliveries,” the FAA added.

The air regulators said it “will determine whether similar modifications should be made on 787s already in commercial service” after a review of data.

Boeing declined to comment to Reuters. The airplane firm has around 100 undelivered 787s in inventory.

Boeing suspended deliveries of the 787 in May after the FAA raised concerns about its proposed inspection method. The administration said it was “waiting for additional data from Boeing before determining whether the company’s solution meets safety regulations.”

In September, the FAA said it was investigating manufacturing flaws involving some 787 Dreamliners. Boeing said in August airlines operating its 787 Dreamliners removed eight jets from service because of two separate manufacturing issues.

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