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Delivery pause lifted for Boeing's SC-built 787 Dreamliner jets

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Boeing said it has resolved a documentation issue involving a supplier that had paused deliveries of 787 Dreamliner planes built at its plant in North Charleston (above). File/Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

The Federal Aviation Administration cleared the way March 10 for Boeing Co. to resume deliveries of 787 Dreamliners it builds in North Charleston.

The safety agency said in a statement that it "may resume issuing airworthiness certificates next week" for the wide-body planes, and deliveries could occur soon afterward.

"The agency must still sign off on every plane before Boeing can deliver it." the FAA said.

Boeing paused deliveries Feb. 23 after discovering what it termed a documentation error by a supplier.

“In reviewing certification records, Boeing discovered an analysis error by our supplier related to the 787 forward pressure bulkhead,” the company said in a written statement.

That part is built by Wichita, Kan.-based Spirit Aerosystems, which has denied any problems with its documentation.

Boeing said on March 10 that it had completed its own analysis and confirmed "the airplane continues to meet all relevant requirements and does not require production or fleet action."

The company said it is working with customers on the timing of specific deliveries.

The documentation issue was not related to fixes Boeing is making to about 100 Dreamliners that were put into inventory after minor production flaws were discovered and deliveries halted in May 2021. Deliveries of the 787 resumed last August, but the repairs are time-consuming and the FAA must sign off on each plane before it is turned over to a buyer.

Boeing currently builds about one Dreamliner a month while the joint verification work is being done. The company has said it hopes to boost production to as many as five of the twin-engine wide-bodies a month in North Charleston by the end of this year.

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