Boeing Can’t Fly High as More of Its Planes Are Taken Out of Service
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s production has significantly slowed when the pandemic began because of the travel ban implemented around the world which decreased or halted travel in many countries. The aircraft was popular for long-haul flights because of its comfort and fuel efficiency. However, eight of Boeing’s successful widebody 787 Dreamliner have been grounded after the airline titan discovered an issue in its manufacturing process.
“Boeing has identified two distinct manufacturing issues in the join of certain 787 aftbody fuselage sections, which, in combination, result in a condition that does not meet our design standards,” according to the company. Boeing has directed a thorough review to get to the root of the problem.
This came after news of Boeing struggling to solve problems with its best-selling plane, the single-aisle 737 Max, which has been grounded since March 2019 in the wake of the two fatal 737 Max crashes that killed 346 people. The airline company has been awaiting approval for the 737 Max to fly again.
What Does this Boeing Manufacturing Flaw Mean for Consumers?
The manufacturing flaws discovered by the company could compromise the structural integrity of the aircraft.
The flaws cause the fuselage sections to fall short of the planemaker’s standards for withstanding stress, creating a risk of in-flight failure.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is engaging with Boeing to address the flawed Dreamliners. The agency can issue emergency orders if it believes there is a need for urgent action. The FAA will take the lead in determining the type of inspections and repairs that will be done after consulting with Boeing, which other regulators would then typically adopt.
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