Boeing announced on Tuesday that it will cut the production rate of its 787 Dreamliner planes after detecting a new production-related structural defect on some of the wide-body jets.
In a statement, the company said that it will deliver fewer than half of the Dreamliners it has already produced but has not yet delivered to its customers. This is because the company expects that the ongoing forensic inspections and costly repairs to address quality flaws in the aircraft will take at least three weeks to carry out.
Boeing refused to disclose the new production rate for its 787 Dreamliner program. However, it confirmed that it would be temporarily lower than the current rate of five jets per month as the company continues to address the structural defect issues.
During an investor conference in June, CEO Dave Calhoun said that the aircraft manufacturer would deliver roughly 787 Dreamliner planes in its inventory this year.
Boeing has already stopped deliveries of the Dreamliners to airlines in late May for the second time in less than a year after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) refused to approve the company’s proposed method of inspecting the wide-body planes for previously disclosed production defects and problems.
“This issue was discovered as part of the ongoing system-wide inspection of Boeing’s 787 shimming processes required by the FAA,” the air-safety regulator said in a statement. “Although the issue poses no immediate threat to flight safety, Boeing has committed to fix these airplanes before resuming deliveries.”
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