In the last few moments, it has been revealed that Boeing will have to slow deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner aircraft following a production flaw found.
According to First Squawk, the new issue impacts 90 aircraft in the inventory, and will take two weeks to fix each aircraft.
It is understood that the issue found was a “nonconforming condition” related to fittings on the horizontal stabilizer.
Boeing Still Determined To Deliver 70-80 787s…
Despite this newfound issue, Boeing is still committed to meeting its delivery goal of 70-80 787 Dreamliners delivered this year.
This is yet another hindrance to the 787 programs, which have already been subjected to significant delays already.
Looking ahead, the two weeks per aircraft means that it will take Boeing around 140-160 weeks to complete the overall modifications needed to the found flaws.
This, of course, isn’t the first time that such delays have happened to the aircraft type.
This particular piece of the 787 Dreamliners’ fuselage is manufactured by Spirit AeroSystems (“Spirit”).
Spirit has been made aware that the manufacturer has since temporarily halted deliveries of the type whilst the investigation and resolution are adopted.
Although this slight hiccup will hamper deliveries of the 787 Dreamliners, Boeing has stated that they are still continuing to manufacture the type and that they are not expecting this error to hinder their expected delivery count of between 70 to 80 Dreamliners this financial year, as they have with this recent announcement as well.
All eyes are on the manufacturer to see what happens next.
This is a developing story.