Boeing Grounds Some 787 Dreamliners Due to Manufacturing Issues
The Boeing 737 Max issues has been well documented so far. The cost of grounding Boeing 737 Max planes is estimated to come in at close to $20 billion when it is all said and done. The planes have been grounded since early 2019 following two fatal crashes that killed 346 people.
But now we are learning that Boeing has found a problem with the manufacturing of the 787 Dreamliner. This widebody jet that is one of the most successful products for Boeing.
“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,” said the company’s statement. It added that it is conducting a thorough review into the root cause of the problem.
The Air Current reports that United, Air Canada and Singapore Airlines own the eight grounded planes. In total, there are about 1,000 787s in use by 69 different airlines around the world.
The planes were pulled out of service this week after Boeing discovered the issue last weekend. Boeing says the FAA has been “fully briefed, and we will continue to work closely with them going forward.” The Air Current has more technical details on these issues, which were both present in the the eight grounded planes.