It’s been a bad week for the 787.
The final shoe dropped today. The FAA has grounded the US 787 fleet.
Quoting from the article:
It’s the first time in four decades that U.S. regulators have taken such dramatic action to effectively ground a major airliner. The FAA called for Boeing and its airline customers “to develop a corrective action plan” before flights can resume.
This is absolutely an unprecedented step. However, it’s not as impactful to the airlines as the “voluntary” grounding of American Airlines MD-80 fleet back in 2008 in response to the FAA threatening to ground them if they didn’t.
The 787 will fly again. I’m not sure if it’s sooner or later. We’re in a gray area for both the FAA and Boeing. I’ll be keeping tabs on the progress.