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Exclusive US FAA declares Boeing 787 certification documents incomplete – Reuters sources


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Seattle / WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. air safety regulators told Boeing (NYSE 🙂 Co that the documentation it provided to get permission to resume supplies to 787 airlines a year later is incomplete, two people familiar with the matter said.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) found a number of omissions in Boeing’s documentation submitted in late April, and sent parts of it back to the aircraft maker, one man said.

Another said it was too early to say whether the FAA’s concerns would lead to a new delay in resuming supplies, which were suspended last year due to production shortcomings.

Shares of Boeing slowed growth on Friday afternoon and rose 1% to $ 125.12 after rising 6.2% earlier in the session.

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun stressed the bid in a call to the company on April 27, calling it a “very important step” and said he was preparing the first 787 for delivery but did not specify a date.

People informed of this say the filing was made shortly before the call.

A Boeing spokesman said the company continues to have a transparent dialogue and work closely with the FAA on the remaining steps.

A FAA spokesman declined to give details, saying only: “Security determines the pace of our reviews.”

Cleaning up a large number of Dreamliners two-pair aircraft and their best-selling 737 MAX aircraft is vital to the US airline’s ability to emerge from the pandemic closure and jet safety crisis, a task complicated by supply chain bottlenecks and the war in Ukraine.

Deliveries of the 787 aircraft have been suspended for a year as Boeing inspected and repaired an industrial headache that is expected to cost about $ 5.5 billion. Boeing has more than 100 advanced composite two-pass aircraft worth about $ 12.5 billion.

In February, the FAA said it would not allow Boeing to self-certify individual new Boeing 787 aircraft. The then FAA administrator Steve Dixon said the agency required Boeing to “systematically fix its production processes. They must produce on its production line the quality we seek and to whom they are committed. “

The FAA said in February that it would retain the authority to issue airworthiness certificates until it was confident that “Boeing’s quality control and production processes will consistently produce 787s that meet FAA standards.”

In late April, Reuters reported that Boeing had offered key airlines and parts suppliers that supplies would resume in the second half of this year, and one source in the industry said supplies could resume in a few weeks.

The Boeing certification package is a broad set of documents and data showing the aircraft’s compliance with the requirements, although the final decision is overseen by the FAA. The package includes inspections and repairs of dozens of aircraft that have no manufacturing defects. The documentation is an important step before Boeing can resume deliveries.

Boeing CFO Brian West at the Goldman Sachs conference (NYSE 🙂 this week made optimistic comments about 787’s progress.

“This presentation of the certification plan was an important milestone and it reflects a very complete set of documents proving that we are compliant,” West said. “And that was a huge amount of work, working side by side with the FAA along the way.”

Boeing suspended deliveries of the 787 in late May 2021 after the FAA expressed concern about the proposed verification method. The regulatory agency issued two airworthiness directives to address the problems of aircraft production in operation, and identified a new problem in July.

“Let me remind you that we haven’t seen anything new for a long time,” West added. “So we’re working hard to make sure this submission is thorough and now the FAA has it and we’re ready and ready to join any discussion, answer any question and help them get their work done as they go through certain protocols ”.

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