Boeing has disclosed that some of the planes about 40 of 787 Dreamliners had hairline cracks on the wings of the jets which are still in the production stage. The aerospace company is inspecting the 40 planes.
It will take a week to address the issue and the company spokesperson said that the company is confident that the problem does not exist for any planes currently in service. Test flights are being conducted on the planes in question.
The manufacturing process may be responsible for the cracks, Boeing (BA, Fortune 500). The date of delivery is likely to get delayed. Also the added cost on repair and possible minor increase in the weight of the plane will naturally put Boeing at a greater disadvantage felt industry experts.
Boeing, based in Chicago, said it immediately notified customers of potential delays. It said none of the jets affected by the problem have been delivered. Boeing shares fell 54 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $128.00 in after-hours trading.
Boeing is confident that the repair will take about 2 weeks to complete. There will be deliveries of about 110 787s this year, with a revenue of between $87.5 billion and $90.5 billion. So far it has delivered nine.
Airbus planes also reported metal fatigue during inspection. But the planes are safe to fly said an Airbus spokesperson.