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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Incidents and Consequent Supply Chain Issues Continue

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While Boeing continues to attempt to crank-up its 787 Dreamliner global supply chain to produce long overdue aircraft deliveries to customers, two separate new incidents have come to light, potentially adding more obstacles to overcome. The U.S. Federal Aviation Association (FAA) has issued a mandatory airworthiness directive requiring all existing 787 airline operators to inspect fuel couplings in the engine pylons after multiple incidents of fuel leaks.  Premier launch 787 customers All Nippon Airways (APA), who currently operates 16 of the aircraft, as well as Japan Airlines have each encountered and repaired fuel leaks on their aircraft.  These loose couplings are believed to be caused by a manufacturing assembly flaw. The directive calls for operators to inspect for correctly installed lockwires on the engine’s fuel line couplings within seven days of the directive. Operators have within 21 days to verify that all fuel couplings are assembled correctly. Boeing must separately […]