Boeing stops deliveries of 787 Dreamliners

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The plane maker Boeing has stopped deliveries of its 787 Dreamliners, Reuters reported. This action will add new delays for customers after the end of recent five-month suspension due to production problems. It appears that Boeing has not resolved all safety concerns according to the US Federal air-safety regulators as more data from the company was requested more information about the plans to address the previously identified quality lapses, official report said.

It was not clear how long the halt might last, according to the report. Boeing did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Two key US lawmakers said last week they were seeking records from Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration on production issues involving the 737 MAX and 787 Dreamliner. The move came after multiple issues recently emerged regarding the 737 MAX and the 787, including electrical problems and the presence of foreign object debris in newly manufactured aircraft.

Still a glimpse of optimism for the plane maker came as aircraft leasing SMBC Aviation Capital agreed to buy an additional 14 Boeing 737 MAX jets configured for low-cost carriers, with delivery starting later this year. The company, a major Boeing customer, said the order is for jets that have already been built. Last year during the grounding of the MAX and at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic SMBC deferred delivery of 68 jets by four years until 2025-2027 and indicated that it had not ruled out cancellations.

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