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SEATTLE/WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) - U.S. air-safety
regulators have told Boeing Co the documentation it
submitted to win approval to resume 787 deliveries to airlines
after a year is incomplete, two people familiar with the matter
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) identified a
number of omissions in Boeing's documentation, submitted in late
April, and has sent portions of it back to the planemaker, one
of the people said.
A second person said it was too early to say whether FAA
concerns would lead to a new delay in resuming deliveries, which
have been suspended for the past year due to production flaws.
Boeing shares pared gains on Friday afternoon to trade up
1% at $125.12 after rising as much as 6.2% earlier in the
Boeing Chief Executive Dave Calhoun highlighted the
submission in the company's April 27 earnings call, calling it a
"very important step" and saying it was preparing the first 787s
for delivery, but stopped short of providing a date.
People briefed on the matter say the submission was made
shortly before the call.
A Boeing spokesperson said the company continues to have a
transparent dialog and work closely with the FAA on the
An FAA spokesman declined to elaborate, saying only, "Safety
drives the pace of our reviews."
Clearing a swollen inventory of twin-aisled Dreamliners and
its best-selling 737 MAX jets is vital to the U.S. planemaker's
ability to emerge from the overlapping pandemic and jet-safety
crises, a task complicated by supply-chain bottlenecks and war
Deliveries of the 787 have been halted for a year as Boeing
worked through inspections and repairs in an industrial headache
expected to cost about $5.5 billion. Boeing has more than 100 of
the advanced composite twin-aisle jets parked in inventory,
worth about $12.5 billion.
In February, the FAA said it would not allow Boeing to
self-certify individual new Boeing 787 planes. Then-FAA
Administrator Steve Dickson said the agency needed from Boeing
"a systemic fix to their production processes. They've got to
produce the quality on their production line that we're looking
for and that they've committed to."
The FAA said in February it would retain the authority to
issue airworthiness certificates until it is confident "Boeing's
quality control and manufacturing processes consistently produce
787s that meet FAA design standards."
Reuters reported in late April that Boeing has advised key
airlines and parts suppliers that deliveries would resume in the
second half of this year, with one industry source saying
deliveries could resume in a matter of weeks.
Boeing's certification package is a sprawling set of
documents and data that shows the jet's compliance, though the
FAA controls the final determination. The package lays out
inspections and repairs Boeing will undertake on dozens of
planes sidelined by production flaws. The documentation is a
crucial step before Boeing can resume deliveries.
Boeing's chief financial officer, Brian West, made upbeat
comments on the 787's progress at a Goldman Sachs conference
"This certification plan submission was an important
milestone, and it reflects a very thorough comprehensive set of
documents that verifies that we are in conformance," West said.
"And there's been an enormous amount of work into that, working
side by side with the FAA along the way."
Boeing suspended deliveries of the 787 in late May 2021
after the FAA raised concerns about its proposed inspection
method. The regulatory agency had issued two airworthiness
directives to address production issues for in-service airplanes
and identified a new issue in July.
"I'll remind you that we haven't really seen anything new in
a while," West added. "So we're working hard on making sure that
that submission is thorough, and now the FAA has it, and we are
standing by ready and willing to enter any discussion, answer
any question and help them do their work as they move through
their certain protocols."
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle and David Shepardson
Editing by Matthew Lewis)