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Boeing Flags Additional 787 Production Problem

By Doug Cameron 

Boeing Co. said it had discovered another manufacturing problem that is slowing deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner, this time affecting the jetliner's horizontal stabilizer.

The company last month grounded eight 787s over production issues that prompted U.S. air safety regulators to review quality-control lapses potentially stretching back almost a decade, according to an internal government memo and people familiar with the matter.

The production issues have slowed 787 deliveries. Boeing delivered four in August as the monthly production rate of 10 continues to outpace handovers to customers. Boeing said Tuesday it expects the quality issues to affect deliveries "in the near term".

Boeing said the latest issue involved how parts were clamped together during construction of the horizontal stabilizer -- or rear wing. Boeing said the issues affect undelivered jets and were found "earlier this year".

Write to Doug Cameron at doug.cameron@wsj.com

 

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September 08, 2020 11:27 ET (15:27 GMT)

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