Boeing under pressure after new defect found in Dreamliner plane

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CNBC Television 14 October, 2021 - 05:37pm

The new problem involves certain titanium parts that are weaker than they should be on 787s built over the past three years, people familiar with the matter said. The discovery is among other Dreamliner snafus that have left Boeing stuck with more than $25 billion of the jets in its inventory.

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Maker of flawed Boeing parts supplied Spirit, others - Reuters

Seeking Alpha 14 October, 2021 - 08:30pm

  (Reuters) - An Italian sub-contractor at the centre of the latest snags to emerge on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has worked for a broad set of aerospace companies including Spirit AeroSystems, according to industry sources and documents. 

  Boeing and regulators said earlier some 787 jetliner parts were improperly made over the past three years. They were supplied indirectly by Manufacturing Process Specification (MPS), as a sub-contractor to Leonardo. 

  In March, Boeing warned Spirit AeroSystems about suspected problems with parts at MPS and asked it to use alternative suppliers as it continued an audit of the Italian company's operations, according to a letter seen by Reuters. 

  It also asked Wichita-based Spirit to trace any MPS parts it had used back to 2017 and to treat them as "suspect nonconforming," meaning they would be subject to further checks. 

  "Out of an abundance of caution while Boeing conducts further testing and evaluation, Boeing has also decided to consider all product processed by MPS to be suspect," it said. 

  Boeing and Spirit had no immediate comment on the letter. Boeing said earlier the problems did not pose any immediate safety issues to 787 Dreamliners already in service. 

  Brindisi, Italy-based MPS, a coatings supplier, did not respond to phone calls and an emailed request for comment. 

  MPS is also an approved supplier to Airbus, according to a list available via the planemaker's website. 

  A spokesperson for the European company had no immediate comment when asked whether it or its suppliers had recently used any parts involving work carried out by MPS. 

  (Reporting by Tim Hepher in Paris, David Shepardson in Washington and Francesca Landini in Milan; Editing by Lisa Shumaker) 

Boeing Co said on Thursday that some titanium 787 Dreamliner parts were improperly manufactured over the past three years, the latest in a series of problems to plague the wide-body aircraft. The quality issue does not affect the immediate safety of flights, the company said, adding it had notified the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Boeing is working to determine how many planes contain the defective part.

The Boeing Co. has flagged yet another production issue on its 787 Dreamliner. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, titanium parts on Dreamliners built in the past three years have not maintained their strength as expected. “We received a notice from one of our suppliers about certain 787 parts that were improperly manufactured,” a Boeing spokesperson says.

Boeing said Thursday it will rework undelivered 787 Dreamliner planes after uncovering another defect on the jet, which has been halted for deliveries since May.

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Maker of plane parts Boeing calls flawed supplied Spirit, others - sources

Yahoo Finance 14 October, 2021 - 01:25pm

  (Reuters) - An Italian sub-contractor at the centre of the latest snags to emerge on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has worked for a broad set of aerospace companies including Spirit AeroSystems, according to industry sources and documents. 

  Boeing and regulators said earlier some 787 jetliner parts were improperly made over the past three years. They were supplied indirectly by Manufacturing Process Specification (MPS), as a sub-contractor to Leonardo. 

  In March, Boeing warned Spirit AeroSystems about suspected problems with parts at MPS and asked it to use alternative suppliers as it continued an audit of the Italian company's operations, according to a letter seen by Reuters. 

  It also asked Wichita-based Spirit to trace any MPS parts it had used back to 2017 and to treat them as "suspect nonconforming," meaning they would be subject to further checks. 

  "Out of an abundance of caution while Boeing conducts further testing and evaluation, Boeing has also decided to consider all product processed by MPS to be suspect," it said. 

  Boeing and Spirit had no immediate comment on the letter. Boeing said earlier the problems did not pose any immediate safety issues to 787 Dreamliners already in service. 

  Brindisi, Italy-based MPS, a coatings supplier, did not respond to phone calls and an emailed request for comment. 

  MPS is also an approved supplier to Airbus, according to a list available via the planemaker's website. 

  A spokesperson for the European company had no immediate comment when asked whether it or its suppliers had recently used any parts involving work carried out by MPS. 

  (Reporting by Tim Hepher in Paris, David Shepardson in Washington and Francesca Landini in Milan; Editing by Lisa Shumaker) 

Boeing Co said on Thursday that some titanium 787 Dreamliner parts were improperly manufactured over the past three years, the latest in a series of problems to plague the wide-body aircraft. The quality issue does not affect the immediate safety of flights, the company said, adding it had notified the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Boeing is working to determine how many planes contain the defective part.

The Boeing Co. has flagged yet another production issue on its 787 Dreamliner. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, titanium parts on Dreamliners built in the past three years have not maintained their strength as expected. “We received a notice from one of our suppliers about certain 787 parts that were improperly manufactured,” a Boeing spokesperson says.

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