Boeing delivers its first 787 Dreamliner after pausing for over a year

Boeing is beginning to overcome one of its major hurdles in recent memory. CNBC notes that the planemaker has delivered its first 787 Dreamliner in over a year and is supplying American Airlines with one of nine vehicles it expects to receive in 2022. Boeing halted production in May 2021 when the Federal Aviation Administration reviewed how the company inspected the aircraft following a number of manufacturing issues.

The company has had to halt deliveries several times in less than a year after identifying potentially dangerous production issues such as fuselage clearances. The FAA only gave Boeing permission to resume deliveries on Monday. Dreamliner deliveries have been largely on hold for the past two years between manufacturing failures and a pandemic that dramatically curtailed passenger flights.

There’s a strong incentive to put the 787 Dreamliner in the hands of customers. The shortcomings and resulting production cuts will cost Boeing $5.5 billion, and that’s on top of serious problems with the 737 Max, which resulted in crashes that killed 346 people. Boeing has a tarnished reputation, and these deliveries could help it (slowly) improve its image while benefiting from a revival in air travel.

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