Boeing and a key supplier say that a new manufacturing flaw could delay deliveries of the 737 Max, Boeing’s best-selling plane, Michelle Chapman and David Koenig reported for the Associated Press (AP).
Improperly drilled fastener holes in the aft pressure bulkhead — which maintains pressure when planes are at cruising altitude – on the fuselages of some models of the 737 Max were discovered. I Photo: Delta Airlines
Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems said they discovered improperly drilled fastener holes in the aft pressure bulkhead — which maintains pressure when planes are at cruising altitude – on the fuselages of some models of the 737 Max.
Wichita, Kansas-based Spirit said late Wednesday that, because it uses multiple suppliers, only some units are impacted and it will continue to deliver fuselages to Boeing.
Boeing said the issue does not affect the safety of flight and 737 Max planes already in service can keep flying.
“This issue will impact near-term 737 deliveries as we conduct inspections to determine the number of airplanes affected and complete required rework on those airplanes,” Boeing said in a statement. “We continue to deliver 737s that are not affected.”