According to the Wall Street Journal, the US-based Boeing Co., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aviation, space and military equipment, has identified new defects in the 787 Dreamliner aircraft, citing sources familiar with the situation.
“Boeing is facing a new defect in the 787 Dreamliner. … The problem is that some of the titanium parts of the 787, built over the past three years, have been weaker than they should be,” the newspaper writes.
Problems with these parts are not the first defects of the Dreamliner. In July, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that several 787 Dreamliners not yet in service had problems “near the bow” of the aircraft. And in May, the FAA said that Boeing had suspended deliveries of 787 Dreamliners due to regulatory requirements.
A Boeing spokesman told the newspaper that the company is improving production and raising its own standards, despite the disruption to operations. He also noted that the new defect was identified as part of an ongoing inspection by Boeing.
Boeing produces a wide range of civil and military aircraft and develops space programs. Boeing has two large divisions – Boeing Commercial Airplanes, which builds civil aircraft, and Integrated Defense Systems, which runs space and military programs.