March 10 (Reuters) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday approved Boeing to resume deliveries of its widebody 787 Dreamliner next week after the aircraft maker addressed the agency’s recent concerns.
The agency halted 787 deliveries on Feb. 23 due to a data analysis error related to the jet’s forward thrust bulkhead, which Boeing Co (BA.N) discovered after reviewing certification records. The FAA said Boeing addressed those concerns.
“The FAA may resume issuing airworthiness certificates next week,” the agency said.
Shares of Boeing, which were down 1.4% before the announcement, closed 0.91% higher on news of the resumption, first reported by Reuters.
Boeing said it had completed the analysis necessary to confirm that the aircraft meets requirements and does not require further production or fleet action to meet FAA standards.
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“The FAA will determine when 787 ticketing and deliveries will resume, and we are working with our customers on the timing of delivery,” Boeing said.
The latest bump in the Dreamliner’s schedule came just months after the FAA approved Boeing to resume 787 deliveries after a year-long hiatus due to production quality issues.
Deliveries ceased in May 2021 after the FAA discovered gaps around the forward pressure bulkhead, a structure made by Spirit Aerosystems (SPR.N) that acts as a barrier between the pressurized interior cabin and the aircraft’s nose. Boeing agreed to replace that part in order to gain approval to resume deliveries in August 2022.
Boeing said the data analysis error found in February was unrelated to the previous quality issues. The company continued production of the Dreamliner while conducting the analysis necessary to correct the discrepancy.
Boeing delivered three Dreamliners in January. On Feb. 27, Boeing turned over a 787 — ticketed by the FAA for delivery before the hiatus began — to United Airlines (UAL.O).
A United Airlines spokesperson said the company expects to receive another 787 by the end of the month.
Reporting by David Shepardson and Valerie Insinna; Edited by Leslie Adler and Bill Berkrot
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