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Boeing to delay delivery of 777X until 2023 – Not certified by FAA

Boeing will wait a little longer to deliver its 777X as it was formally denied permission by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to move forward with the certification of the widebody airplane in question up until 2023.

Reuters reports that the FAA on 13th May wrote a letter to Boeing citing a number of issues that led to the rejection of the request by Boeing to issue a Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) Readiness.

The FAA says that the Boeing 777X is not yet ready for TIA hence, declining to approve a phased TIA of limited scope with a small number of certification flight test plans.

The Seattle Times reports that the letter sent to Boeing by the FAA signed by Ian Won, manager of the local FAA office cites numerous concerns.

The FAA cited concerns, including a serious flight control incident during a test flight on 8th Dec. 2020, when the plane experienced an “un-commanded pitch event” (meaning the nose of the aircraft pitched abruptly up or down without input from the pilots).

Boeing has yet to satisfy the FAA that it has fully understood and corrected what went wrong that day.

Won said that the certification of the plane was “realistically” two or more years away and that, the critical avionics system proposed for Boeing 777X aircraft does not meet safety requirements.

He further expressed concern about proposed modifications involving late changes to both software and hardware in the electronics of the jet’s flight controls.

“The aircraft is not yet ready, “the technical data required for type certification has not reached a point where it appears the aircraft type design is mature and can be expected to meet the applicable regulations”, Won wrote.

On Sunday, a Boeing spokeswoman said that the company remains fully focused on safety as their highest priority throughout 777X development. As they subject the airplane to a comprehensive test program to demonstrate its safety and reliability, they are working through a rigorous development process to ensure they meet all applicable requirements, as reported by Reuters

Boeing has worked on the 777 aircraft variant since 2013 with hopes of it being operational in 2020.

Dave Calhoun Boeing Chief Executive is still confident that the 777X will be certified in the fourth quarter of 2023 as he said earlier this month.

Based on the fact that Boeing hoped for the 777X aircraft to be in service in 2020, the delay could push the aircraft’s deliveries into 2024, 4 years later than planned for delivery.

Joan Kifuko
Joan Kifuko is a communications enthusiast that is currently working as a writer at The Aviator magazine where you find your aviation news in one place. She is a journalist that has previously worked as a sales associate, guest relations officer, brand ambassador hence, the love for new adventures and roles. Joan graduated with a Bachelors degree of science in journalism.

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