20 March 2014
The US Federal Aviation Administration (and Boeing (NYSE: BA) said they have completed a comprehensive review of the 787´s critical systems, validating the integrity of the airplane´s design and confirming the strength of the processes used to identify and correct issues that emerged before and after the airplane´s certification.
The review concludes that the 787 meets the intended high level of safety expected by the FAA and Boeing. The report includes recommendations aimed at further strengthening the FAA and Boeing´s processes.
The review team outlined four recommended improvements for Boeing. Three of the recommendations focus on improving the flow of information, standards and expectations between the company and its suppliers. Boeing said it has already taken significant steps to implement these recommendations.
The fourth recommendation encourages Boeing to continue implementing and maturing the gated processes for development programs.
“Gated process” refers to the disciplined criteria followed as a new airplane model is developed. This ensures a sufficient level of maturity is gained before a program proceeds to key milestones such as design completion, production start and entry into service.