Vertical Stabilizer Issue Slows Boeing 737 Delivery Surge

Boeing 737 MAX

The nonconforming fittings are where the aft body fuselage section meets the tail cone.

Credit: Guy Norris/AW&ST
A new production-quality problem will force Boeing and supplier Spirit AeroSystems to repair a large number of 737s in Boeing’s inventory, halting the program’s momentum just as 737 MAX deliveries were ramping up. The issue, disclosed April 13, affects vertical stabilizer fittings made by Spirit...
Sean Broderick

Senior Air Transport & Safety Editor Sean Broderick covers aviation safety, MRO, and the airline business from Aviation Week Network's Washington, D.C. office.

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