SEATTLE/WASHINGTON: Boeing Co faces a new fine from U.S. regulators as part of a expected settlement with U.S. regulators over quality and safety-oversight lapses going back years, two people familiar with the matter said, a setback that comes as Boeing wrestles with repairs to flawed 787 Dreamliner jets that could dwarf the cost of the federal penalty.
Boeing is beginning painstaking repairs and forensic inspections to fix structural integrity flaws embedded deep inside at least 88 parked 787s built over the last year or so, a third industry source said.
The inspections and retrofits could take weeks or even up to a month per plane and are likely to cost hundreds of millions – if not billions – of dollars, depending to a large degree on the number of planes and defects involved, the person said.
Boeing and the FAA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The FAA and Boeing reached a settlement in 2015 in which Boeing agreed to take actions to meet engineering and manufacturing performance metrics and to resolve allegations documented in 13 FAA enforcement investigative reports from 2009 through 2015.
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