Boeing said on April 5 that it had returned to delivering the 767 widebody jet to its customers. The US planemaker had not delivered the aircraft since December 2022, when what the company called a “quality issue” in the model’s production was identified, although it did not specify what exactly the setback was that interrupted deliveries.
However, Boeing shipped two 767-300ER Freighters to freighter airline FedEx, the first on March 24 and the second on April 4, according to Planespotters.
The aircraft have registrations N282FE and N283FE and flew from Everett to Indianapolis, one of the airline’s bases.
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The suspension in deliveries affected the two remaining models of the 767 family, the 767-300ER Freighter and military model KC-46A Pegasus, for aerial refueling.
Last week, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Stan Deal told Reuters that the disruption in 767 deliveries was related to a “paint adhesion issue”, but did not mention details.
It is not new that Boeing identifies quality problems in its products and therefore has to stop deliveries of certain aircraft models.
That’s what happened recently with the 787 Dreamliner, which spent almost a month, between February and March of this year, banned from being delivered. This was the third time that the 787 had its deliveries stopped.
The last break in 787 deliveries lasted 15 months. Shipments resumed in August 2022, when Boeing had more than 100 examples of the aircraft stocked awaiting FAA release, the US civil aviation agency. In the first suspension, in 2020, deliveries were stopped for seven months.