Undelivered Boeing 787 Dreamliners have quality issues, FAA says

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The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reportedly found new manufacturing issues in undelivered Boeing 787 Dreamliners. 

The issue was “near the nose on certain 787 Dreamliners,” the FAA spokesperson told Reuters on July 13, 2021. “This issue was discovered as part of the ongoing system-wide inspection of Boeing’s 787 shimming processes required by the FAA.” 

Adding to that, the FAA spokesperson said the authority would inspect whether the manufacturing changes should be made on Dreamliners that are already in commercial service. 

This is the latest quality issue to hit the troubled Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Earlier in May 2021, Boeing faced new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft delivery delays following the FAA inquiry for more data regarding the proposed solution to the latest 787 Dreamliner quality lapses.

A production issue with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner first was found in late August 2020, as it appeared that the aft fuselage section of some 787s would not be able to withstand maximum stress, making it more prone to a structural failure whilst in the air. Another problem was found in September 2020, related to the tail fin of the aircraft. Parts of the horizontal stabilizer were clamped together with greater force than they were designed to.

On May 18, 2021, the members of the United States House of Representatives announced seeking more data from Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Boeing 737 MAX and Boeing 787 Dreamliner manufacturing issues. 

“I’ve stated many times, our oversight work never ends — and in light of these new and ongoing issues that point to problems in maintaining quality control and appropriate FAA oversight of production issues, I will thoroughly and deliberately investigate any issues, such as those affecting the 737 MAX and the 787, that may endanger public safety,” the US House of Representatives Transportation Committee chairman Peter DeFazio was quoted in a Transportation Committee press release.


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