Boeing says it’s designed the 787 Dreamliner to be 30 percent less expensive to maintain than any comparable product, savings due to its advanced design, wide use of composite structures and highly-integrated systems architecture. That means fewer maintenance tasks and longer intervals between them.
Now, the Federal Aviation Administration has approved Boeing’s scheduled maintenance program, which defines the tasks and the intervals operators will use to maintain the jets. The report was accepted by the Maintenance Review Board, an FAA organization that reviews and accepts maintenance requirements. It’s one of many requirements needed for the plane to be certified.
The maintenance program is supported by more than 33,000 pages of supporting analysis, the participation of eight regulatory agencies, 25 airlines and 30 suppliers and partners, Boeing said.