Boeing has notified its Boeing 787 customers operating eight affected Dreamliners to remove them immediately from service after the manufacturer found issues in the fuselage.
The manufacturer has found two distinct manufacturing issues, so they asked to ground them so that they can be repaired. Boeing has estimated that it will take two weeks to solve these issues in an aircraft.
Boeing said that it has notified the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and is conducting a thorough review of the cause of the problem.
In a statement, a Boeing spokesperson said:
“We immediately contacted the airlines that operate the eight affected airplanes to notify them of the situation, and the airplanes have been temporarily removed from service until they can be repaired.”
As said by Jon Ostrower at The Air Current, according to an unnamed source an area of the structure in the rear of the aircraft was unable to withstand the maximum stress.
According to Jon Ostrower, United Airlines, Air Canada and Singapore Airlines were the affected airlines by this immediate grounding.
Boeing earlier this week immediately pulled eight recently-manufactured 787s from service with airlines like United, Air Canada and Singapore Airlines after it discovered two manufacturing issues that compromised part of the jet’s structure. https://t.co/AyEQHSO3Qu
— Jon Ostrower (@jonostrower) August 28, 2020
It’s the first time an issue with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the jet’s nine-year of service that has caused an immediate grounding of the aircraft type.
Singapore Airlines said on Friday (Aug 28) that it is aware that one of its Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner was affected by the technical issue.
|Photo: Singapore Airlines
Air Canada and United Airlines said they each had one of the affected planes. However, United Airlines said that its Dreamliner had been in service before the airline was notified by Boeing.
According to reports, the source of the newly discovered structural issue relates to a mating point inside the rear fuselage. These all 787s were assembled together at a Boeing plant in South Carolina.