Boeing Reinspecting Dreamliner Jets After Finding Stabilizer Flaw


Boeing Co. (BA) is reinspecting its 787 Dreamliner jets after uncovering flaws in horizontal stabilizers made by an Italian vendor.

Boeing is checking on flight-test and production planes after the flaws were found in stabilizers made by Alenia Aeronautica, a unit of Italy's Finmeccanica SpA, Bloomberg News reported. The stabilizer is located on the tail of a plane and helps keep it steady in flight.

"Based on what we've seen so far, we believe the inspections and any issues we find can be readily addressed," Boeing spokeswoman Lori Gunter told Bloomberg News in an e-mail.

The Dreamliner's entry into service could be delayed until 2011, due in part to the stabilizer problems. The plane's entry has been delayed by over two years.

Jim Albaugh, president of the company's commercial plane business, said that in future it may do more of the work currently done by vendors.