Boeing Says 787 Checks Won’t Affect Production

Boeing Co. (BA) said inspections of 787 Dreamliners for signs of delamination on the fuselage won’t cause a significant impact to the production schedule for the first passenger jet built chiefly of carbon-fiber composites.

There is no “immediate safety issue” from the fault, Dan Mooney, Boeing’s vice president of development for the 787-8, the initial Dreamliner variant being built, said today in Bangkok. “We don’t anticipate right now that there will be a significant impact to our production schedule.”

Chicago-based Boeing has declined to say how many jets showed signs of delamination, a term for the separation that can occur in a composite material when its layers crack and lose strength. The twin-engine 787 entered service in 2011 after more than three years of delays.

Boeing is making the checks on its own fleet and “not yet on customer’s airplanes,” Mooney said.

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