As certain Aviation Authorities around the world ground their 787 aircraft it doesn’t seem to be all doom and gloom for Boeing as some of their customers continue their support.
The continued issues with 787 aircraft has caused some airlines to have their aircraft grounded. Indian Aviation Authorities have grounded all six of their Dreamliner B787 operating in India. This was soon followed by Chile, taking LAN Chile aircraft out of service.
United Airlines responded to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) order to temporarily ground all Dreamliner planes in the United States.
“United will immediately comply with the airworthiness directive and will work closely with the FAA and Boeing on the technical review as we work toward restoring 787 service. We will begin accommodating customers on alternate aircraft.
“We have six 787 Dreamliners in our fleet. Customers should not expect disruptions as we will accommodative them on alternate aircraft.”
Meanwhile Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney has issued the following statement after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an emergency airworthiness directive that requires U.S. 787 operators to temporarily cease operations and recommends other regulatory agencies to follow suit:
“The safety of passengers and crew members who fly aboard Boeing airplanes is our highest priority.”
“Boeing is committed to supporting the FAA and finding answers as quickly as possible. The company is working around the clock with its customers and the various regulatory and investigative authorities. We will make available the entire resources of The Boeing Company to assist.”
“We are confident the 787 is safe and we stand behind its overall integrity. We will be taking every necessary step in the coming days to assure our customers and the travelling public of the 787’s safety and to return the airplanes to service.”
“Boeing deeply regrets the impact that recent events have had on the operating schedules of our customers and the inconvenience to them and their passengers.”
One of Boeing’s current customers. Kenya Airways, has downplayed the current aircraft issues. The airline has 9 Dreamliners on order, along with 4 on purchase options.
A statement from the airline, while expressing concern over the current problems, points to the ongoing review of the aircraft by the FAA. They have chosen to wait for their new aircraft, expected in early 2014, rather than move to a different aircraft type.
LOT Polish Airlines had hoped to kick off their Chicago 787 service yesterday but a few hours before the scheduled 9:55 p.m. departure to Warsaw LOT officials called off the trip. Their decision to ground the passenger jet was based on a recommendation by Boeing and the FAA.
LOT plan to launch other 787 North American routes next month with Toronto on the 1st February and JFK on 3rd February. At the moment these dates may change.