Boeing supplier finds problem with fuselages for 737 planes

This is the latest incident in a turbulent few months for Boeing.

Boeing may have to delay deliveries of about 50 737 jets as the airplane manufacturer has found another problem with fuselages. 

Driving the news: According to a letter from Boeing CEO Stan Deal to staff, a worker at the supplier misdrilled holes in the fuselages. 


  • Wichita, Kansas, company Spirit AeroSystems makes many of the fuselages Boeing uses for its 737 Max jets. 
  • An employee at the supplier notified management that two holes may not have been drilled correctly. 
  • While the problem is not an immediate safety concern, Boeing anticipates that rework will be needed for the affected planes.

What they’re saying: “While this potential condition is not an immediate safety issue and all 737s can continue operating safely, we currently believe we will have to perform rework on about 50 undelivered planes,” Deal said in the letter. 

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