Boeing pauses delivery of 787 Dreamliners over fuselage issue

Key Points
  • Boeing temporarily halted delivery of its 787 Dreamliners over a fuselage issue, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
  • The stoppage is the latest issue for the plane.
  • "Deliveries will not resume until the FAA is satisfied that the issue has been addressed," the agency said.

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The exterior of a 787 Dreamliner at the Boeing manufacturing facility in North Charleston, on December 13, 2022. 
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Boeing has temporarily halted deliveries of its 787 Dreamliners so it can do additional analysis on a fuselage component, the company and the Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday.

"In reviewing certification records, Boeing discovered an analysis error by our supplier related to the 787 forward pressure bulkhead. We notified the FAA and have paused 787 deliveries while we complete the required analysis and documentation," Boeing said in a statement.

The company won't be able to resume deliveries until it can show the FAA it has resolved the issue, but production will continue and Boeing doesn't expect the issue to require additional work on the 787s.

"There is no immediate safety of flight concern for the in-service fleet," the company said. "We are communicating with our customers and will continue to follow the lead of the FAA. While near-term deliveries will be impacted, at this time we do not anticipate a change to our production and delivery outlook for the year,."

Shares of the company fell 3% in off-hours trading.

The planes, which are often used for long-haul international routes, have suffered several issues for several years. This is not the first time that deliveries were halted.

Boeing halts Dreamliner deliveries
Boeing halts Dreamliner deliveries

In May 2021, Boeing halted deliveries of the wide-body planes for the second time in less than a year after the FAA determined there were issues with the manufacturer's method for evaluating the aircraft. The FAA said previously the issues were related to problems with incorrect spacing in some parts of the 787 aircraft, including the fuselage, which Boeing acknowledged was a problem in 2020, sparking a five-month stop on deliveries.

In August 2022, it delivered its first 787 Dreamliner since the latest delivery pause to American Airlines, marking a milestone for the company because the bulk of the aircraft's price is paid when it's handed over to customers.

A few months later, United Airlines ordered 100 787 Dreamliners, with the option to buy 100 more, to replace some of its older stock.

The order was a major boost for Boeing, and the planes were slated to be delivered between 2024 and 2032, United said previously.

United's CEO Scott Kirby has said it was easier to buy more Boeing 787s over rival Airbus's competing A350 wide-body plane.

"In this world where we're trying to bring on 2,500 pilots a year and grow the airline, introducing a new fleet type slows that down dramatically," he said on a call with reporters. "And the truth is the 787 is a better replacement for the [767] because it's smaller."

–CNBC's Phil LeBeau and Leslie Josephs contributed to this report.