Boeing Faces New Dreamliner Challenge with Titanium Part Defect

By Kurt Stolz on 14 October 2021
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One of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliners built at an American Airlines hangar

Boeing said on Thursday that it was informed that certain parts from a supplier for the 787 Dreamliner aircraft were improperly manufactured.  The news is the latest in the challenges that the high-tech airliner has faced practically since launch in 2011.

The Chicago-based company did not specify the part or supplier but the Wall Street Journal said that it involved certain titanium parts that were weaker than they should be, based on information from people familiar with the matter.

The information does not appear to require a grounding of the fleet or any part thereof, Boeing said.

“While our investigation is ongoing, we have determined that this does not present an immediate safety of flight concern for the active in-service fleet,” the company said in a statement.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the defect is present on aircraft manufactured over the past few years.

Boeing has faced numerous problems with the 787 Dreamliner. The 787 was grounded for 123 days in 2013 as the Federal Aviation Administration investigated “battery failures [that] resulted in release of flammable electrolytes, heat damage, and smoke on two Model 787 airplanes.”

More recently, eight Dreamliners were grounded in 2020 due to manufacturing flaws that together could compromise the integrity of the aircraft.

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