Boeing Is Stepping Up Checks On The Dreamliner After New Malfunctions Are Detected
Boeing specialists have discovered a manufacturing defect in parts of the 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Because of this, the company is stepping up inspections of all Dreamliners, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing industry and government officials.
The publication notes that due to the need for more thorough verification, Boeing failed to deliver any 787 Dreamliner aircraft to customers. An unprecedented case for this model, which has been delivered uninterrupted since 2013 (except for May 2020, when the aircraft manufacturer's factories were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
Back in early December, Boeing announced delays in the delivery of new aircraft of this model, linking them to the need for additional checks. However, the manufacturer did not then specify why it took more time to conduct a technical inspection of its liners. According to The Wall Street Journal, the defect in question is an unevenly smooth surface of the carbon-composite fuselage of the 787. Initially, irregularities were detected by Boeing engineers in the tail section of the aircraft, but recently they began to be found in other parts of the fuselage.
According to the representative of the company, irregularities can lead to tiny gaps between sections of the fuselage, which will lead to premature aging of the structure and require extensive repairs. Even though the company's specialists recognize such a defect as a discrepancy in the quality of assembly at the factories to the established standards, both Boeing engineers and specialists of the Civil Aviation Administration (FAA) the united states agree that the irregularities in the skin do not pose a threat to flight safety.