The Strategist

WSJ: US regulator will now inspect Boeing aircraft by itself

03/19/2021 - 02:34

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has decided to independently inspect Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft before giving the manufacturer permission to hand them over to airlines. This was reported by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) with reference to FAA sources.

Cristian G via flickr
Cristian G via flickr
Boeing was forced to halt deliveries of the Dreamliner last December after a manufacturing defect was discovered in the fuselage skin. 

Since then, the concern has not delivered a single aircraft of this model to its customers, with no interruptions to Dreamliner deliveries before that since 2013 (with the exception of May 2020, when the airline's factories were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic). During these months, Boeing has already had 80 787s piled up waiting to be handed over to customers, according to a consultancy Ascend.

To resume deliveries, the company must obtain a so-called airworthiness certificate, a permit issued by the FAA after conducting a routine safety check of the aircraft. 

Normally the regulator has delegated these checks to specialists from Boeing itself. However, this time, because of the many problems with the company's aircraft, the FAA decided to check four Boeing 787s on its own. However, as a spokesman for the regulator noted, the authority may decide to independently inspect other Dreamliners in the future as well.