SEATTLE, Washington: Boeing Co has resumed deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner jets, following the grounding of the new fleet due to structural flaws found within the aircraft.
The first 787 was delivered to United Airlines on March 26, following repairs.
Meanwhile, Boeing is reported to be preparing to deliver still more 787s this month.
The deliveries come as Boeing continues repairs, which include forensic inspections, following discoveries of structural integrity flaws embedded inside dozens of 787s, resulting in deliveries being stopped in October.
Officials note that the inspections and repairs could take up to one month per airplane, eventually costing Boeing anywhere from hundreds of millions of dollars to over $1 billion.
“We have resumed 787 deliveries, following several months of engineering analysis and inspection work,” Boeing spokeswoman Jessica Kowal said by e-mail, as reported by Reuters.
Also last week, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it would take on the pre-delivery checks on four 787 jets, seen as a signal of the agency’s hardening attitude towards Boeing after two fatal 737 MAX crashes.