The U.S. government on Monday approved the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner for delivery since 2021. American Airlines (AAL.O) said it expects to receive its first 787 delivery of the year as early as Wednesday. The plane will enter commercial service in the coming weeks.

Boeing halted deliveries in May 2021 after the FAA raised concerns about its proposed inspection method. In September 2020, the FAA said it was investigating manufacturing flaws in some 787 jetliners. American Airlines said on a July earnings call it expects to receive nine 787s this year.

Boeing has about 120 787s awaiting delivery. It has 42 on order, excluding the plane it expects to receive this week. Last month, the FAA approved Boeing's plan for specific inspections. The FAA said it "will inspect each aircraft before an airworthiness certificate is issued"

The FAA has retained responsibility for approving each new airplane. The FAA pledged to more closely scrutinize Boeing and delegate fewer responsibilities to Boeing for aircraft certification. On Thursday, Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen met with FAA safety inspectors in South Carolina as the agency mulled whether to allow Boeing to resume 787 deliveries.

Boeing had resumed deliveries in March 2021 after a five-month hiatus. It identified a new issue in July 2021. The FAA said earlier it wanted Boeing to ensure it "has a robust plan for the re-work that it must perform on a large volume of new 787s in storage"
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