Boeing has resumed delivery of its B787 aircraft, following approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration.
Dreamliner deliveries had been suspended since May 2021, following concerns over production flaws and inspection processes, but the FAA confirmed that “Boeing has made the necessary changes to ensure that the 787 Dreamliner meets certification standards”.
The administration said that it would inspect each aircraft before an airworthiness certificate is issued and cleared for delivery.
American Airlines was the recipient of the first B787 delivery in over a year, tweeting:
“Today is an exciting day! We’re thrilled to welcome our first @BoeingAirplanes 787-8 delivery since April 2021. Thanks to all of the hard work from our #AATeam and @Boeing for making this DREAMliner a reality!”
AA currently has 47 B787s in its fleet, with another 42 on order, and hopes to take delivery of a total of nine Dreamliners this year, followed by four in 2023, and 12 in 2024.
Boeing is understood to have built up a backlog of over 100 constructed B787 aircraft which are awaiting delivery to customers, and has temporarily reduced production of the twin-aisle plane.
The manufacturer also posted the following tweet last week:
“We have resumed #787Dreamliner deliveries as @AmericanAir flew their new 787-8 from Boeing South Carolina today. We are grateful to our teammates who performed the methodical inspections and work to ensure that every airplane conforms to engineering specifications.”