FILE PHOTO: Spirit Aerosystems Holdings Inc. is headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, USA, December 17, 2019. Reuters / Nick Oxford / FILE PHOTO
14 October 2021
Tim Heffer, David Shepherdson, Francesco Landini
(Reuters) – The Italian subcontractor at the center of the latest hurdles on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has worked for a wide range of aerospace companies, including Spirit Aerosystems, according to industry sources and documents.
Boeing and regulators have previously said parts of the 787 jet airliner have been improperly manufactured over the past three years. They were supplied indirectly by the Manufacturing Process Specification (MPS) as a Leonardo subcontractor.
In March, Boeing warned Spirit Aerosystems of a suspected MPS component problem and called for the use of an alternative supplier to continue auditing the Italian companies’ operations, according to a letter seen by Reuters. Down.
We also asked Wichita-based Sentiment to track used MPS parts as of 2017 and treat them as “suspected non-conforming.” In other words, we need to investigate further.
“While Boeing is conducting further testing and evaluation, with great caution, Boeing has also decided to treat all products processed by MPS as suspicious,” it said.
Boeing and Spirit did not immediately comment on the letter. Boeing previously said that the issue did not cause imminent safety issues for the 787 Dreamliner, which is already in service.
MPS, a coating supplier based in Brindisi, Italy, did not respond to requests for comment by phone or email.
According to a list available from the aircraft manufacturer’s website, MPS is also an approved supplier of Airbus.
A European company spokesperson did not immediately comment when asked whether the European company or its supplier used parts related to a recent work done by MPS.
(Reporting by Tim Heffer in Paris, David Shepardson in Washington, Francesca Landini in Milan, Edited by Lisa Shumaker)
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