The first commercial flight of the Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on December 15, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.
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The Federal Aviation Administration announced Wednesday that it will inspect four of them Boeing ‘s 787 Dreamliner flies itself instead of delegating this work to Boeing Production problems showed up last year.
“The FAA is taking a number of corrective actions to resolve production issues on Boeing 787,” the agency said in a statement. “One of the measures is to maintain certificates of airworthiness for four 787 aircraft. The FAA may retain certificates of airworthiness for additional 787 aircraft if we deem it necessary.”
The intensified review of the Dreamliners comes four months after the FAA lifted a 20-month flight ban on Boeing’s best-selling 737 Max that regulators suspended in March 2019 after two fatal crashes in five months. The FAA also retained its authority to approve the Max aircraft that Boeing had produced since landing.
Boeing announced problems with some Seams on the plane in September.
The FAA told Boeing in January that it would give final approval for the aircraft, according to a letter from CNBC. It was reported earlier by Bloomberg News. Boeing said it expects to resume shipments of the aircraft later this month.
“”We are encouraged by the progress our team is making in returning to delivery activities for the 787 program, “said Boeing.” We engaged the FAA throughout this effort and will be implementing their airworthiness certificate approval instructions for the first aircraft as they have done in the past. “
While these recent Dreamliner reviews were in response to production issues, the FAA said it had completed 787 final airworthiness reviews over the past few years “so that FAA inspectors can meet their inspection currency requirements.”