Boeing says 787 Dreamliners are slowing delivery, adding to inspection company’s problems

A Boeing 787-10 aircraft being built for Singapore Airlines (front, left) sits in the final assembly area, with the second aircraft being the first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner in Boeing South Carolina, North Charleston, South Carolina, USA will be given. 25 March 2014

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Boeing said on Tuesday that inspections stemming from production problems for the 787 Dreamliner are slowing delivery of the wide body jet, alleviating the company’s widespread woes.

The manufacturer stated that the issue found on some aircraft relates to the torso due to improper spacing as well as the horizontal stabilizer at the rear of the airplane. The Federal Aviation Administration said it is investigating the issues.

“The agency continues to associate with Boeing,” the FAA said in a statement. “It is too hasty to speculate about the nature or extent of any proposed airworthiness directives that may arise from agency investigations.”

Boeing shares fell more than 4% in early afternoon trading.

By the end of August, Boeing said it had 526 unfilled orders for its Twin-Isle 787 Dreamliner.

“We are taking the time to ensure that the 787s are fully inspected so that they are free of issues and can meet all engineering specifications before delivery,” the company said in a statement. “We hope these inspections will affect 787 delivery times in the near term.”

The latest problems on the issue are Boeing battling with its still-737 MAX aircraft after two fatal accidents and the coronovirus crisis, hurting demand for new aircraft and cutting thousands of jobs.

Boeing posted 20 cancellations or conversions and eight new orders in August on Tuesday, the seventh month in a row that the Chicago-based company logged more cancellations than orders. The new sale, however, is in jeopardy for those 737 maximums, the first since November.

Dreamliners, often used on international routes, are particularly vulnerable to pandemics as coronaviruses have ravaged air travel abroad as countries stop at home to visitors and potential travelers. Boeing said it distributed four Dreamliners in August.