Boeing resumed deliveries of the widebody 787 after 15 months. As scheduled, American Airlines took delivery of a 787-8, registration N880BJ, which had performed its first flight on June 12, 2021. The fact was revealed on Wednesday by Robert Isom, CEO of American Airlines.
“This is an exciting day for American Airlines as we took delivery of our first Boeing 787-8 since April 2021. The 787 is an important part of American’s fleet and this is the first of nine 787s we expect to receive this year. A big thank you to the American Airlines Team who worked to make today a reality and to our colleagues at the FAA and Boeing for their work during the review process,” said the executive.
The resumption of Dreamliner deliveries comes after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finally approved changes to the aircraft’s manufacturing process, which corrected quality issues detected in 2020.
The regulator’s authorization only came days ago, allowing Boeing to reschedule deliveries of about 120 aircraft that are already ready.
According to FlightRadar24, the 787 N880BJ had a scheduled flight at 3 pm from Charleston, the plant where the manufacturer produces the jet, to Victorville, California.
The return of deliveries of the 787 should alleviate the situation of Boeing, which had already managed to increase production of 737 MAX in the first half to 31 monthly aircraft.