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FAA Strips Boeing of 787 Dreamliner Self-Certification

The Boeing Company will no longer be allowed to issue airworthiness certificates for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner until the “quality control and manufacturing process” meets FAA standards.
Boeing will no longer be allowed to self-certify their 787 Dreamliner airframes for delivery to customers, after the Federal Aviation Administration revoked their authority until further notice.


Reuters reports the FAA will perform final inspection on all finished 787s coming off their assembly line and issue airworthiness certificates for the airframes.


FAA Retains Final Authority Until “Quality Control and Manufacturing Process” Meets FAA Standards

Shortly after the Boeing 737 MAX was grounded worldwide after two fatal crashes, the 787 Dreamliner project started gaining new scrutiny. In 2019, an internal whistleblower told The New York Times there were several problems with the company’s facility in South Carolina, including “shoddy production” and “weak oversight.” At the end of 2020, another investigation revealed quality control issues continued to plague the Dreamliner – one which could cause premature structural fatigue on the fuselage.


In May 2021, Bloomberg reports Boeing voluntarily stopped delivering the Dreamliner to customers and vowed to work with the FAA to fix completed jets and improve the completion of future airframes. However, with the announcement, the FAA says Boeing is not prepared to deliver on those responses.


In their notice to the company, the FAA says they will continue to do final inspections on the airframes and issue airworthiness certificates for all future Dreamliners until they feel “”Boeing’s quality control and manufacturing processes consistently produce 787s that meet FAA design standards.” In a statement posted to Twitter, the Chicago-based aerospace giant said they will cooperate with the FAA’s decision.



Airlines Quietly Step Back from 787 Dreamliner Deliveries

With all the issues facing the 787 Dreamliner project, airlines are quietly distancing themselves from the next-generation airframe. In 2019, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines publicly criticized Boeing over the 787, saying their first aircraft was delivered with loose seats, missing parts and an unattached fuel pipe clamp. At the beginning of 2022, American Airlines announced they would add more Boeing 737 MAX orders to their books, while pushing back delivery on the overdue Dreamliners for several years.

adventures_await February 16, 2022

The non-union South Carolina plant has had quality issues for years. Google the USAF 767 tanker quality problems. 

NewAtlantis February 15, 2022

What a Surprise.......!

Cedar Jet February 15, 2022

Alleluiah..Boring are a ciminal greedy company causing the death of 350 people. This is the LEAST they deserve!

BC Shelby February 15, 2022

Dear Editors,

Please find a different comments serrvice than the one currently being used which has "bot based" moderation. I am tired of having comments rejected because of "woirds not allowed" when I never use profanity, other harsh language or make personal attacks on anyone.

I've spent far too much time trying to guess which those disallowed "words" are and modifying posts, but to no avail.

Please consider moving to Disqis or one of the other services available.

c1ue February 15, 2022

Made in America?