Boeing delivers its first 787 Dreamliner since May 2021. The delay has added $5.5 billion in costs and led to more than 120 jets in storage. The plane was delivered at Boeing’s North Charleston, South Carolina, plant. The Federal Aviation Administration says it is satisfied with the changes.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Stan Deal said the resumption of deliveries “is a beginning.” Deliveries were initially halted in fall 2020 when quality defects were discovered. “I look forward to many more as we continue to focus on safety, quality and stability,” Deal said.

Boeing has worked to identify and fix the problems, conducting substantial rework on hundreds of airplanes. “We’ll continue to take the time needed to ensure each one meets our highest quality standards,” the company says in a message to employees.

Boeing says it will inspect each 787 one at a time. The planes will be inspected at their next routine maintenance checks and rework will be done then. The 787s are scheduled to begin flying again in October 2020, Boeing says. The company says it has no immediate plans to stop the 787 program.

Boeing has reduced production to a very low level of about one jet per month. Cash payments from airlines stopped as they awaited long-delayed delivery of their airplanes. For months, with deliveries impossible, Boeing has reducedProduction has been reduced to avery low level.
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