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Problems continue to cause concerns for 787 aircraft customers

After a succession of recent issues on customer 787 aircraft the FAA has set in motion a review of the newest Boeing airliner to include its design and manufacture process.

Boeing has had various delays during the development process and its first customers have been quick to use their new 787 aircraft on long haul routes.

The aircraft is one of the most technologically advanced aircraft flying, built using lightweight composite materials rechargeable lithium ion batteries.

The most recent incidents have been with the ANA and JAL Dreamliners, ANA being the first airline to receive the 787 into its fleet.

Most Recent 787 Aircraft Incidents

  • On Monday, after a JAL 787 landed at Boston an electrical fire broke out – possibly linked to an APU battery
  • JAL Japan Airlines cancelled a Boston to Tokyo flight on Tuesday after about 40 gallons (151 litres) of fuel spilled
  • ANA cancelled a 787 flight from Yamaguchi to Tokyo on Wednesday because of a brake problem
  • On another ANA Dreamliner flight from Haneda there was a delay due to an oil leak from a 787 generator inside an engine
  • ANA  – All Nippon Airways – reported on Friday, during a flight between Tokyo’s Haneda airport and Matsuyama that a crack had appeared in the window on the pilot’s side of the cockpit. There were no problems for the 237 passengers and nine crew on board and the return flight was cancelled.
  • A United Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing last year due to an electrical problem
  • Last December a Qatar Airways grounded one of its 787 Dreamliner jets after several manufacturing faults caused electrical problems similar to those that affected the United aircraft

A Boeing said that the 787 problems where  no worse than those that where experienced when the 777 was launched.

“We are absolutely confident in the reliability and performance of the 787,” Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel said.

“We are working with the FAA and our customers to ensure we thoroughly understand any introductory issues that arise. While we take each issue seriously, nothing we’ve seen in service causes us to doubt the capabilities of the airplane.”

 

It has been reported that the head of Qatar Airways had criticised Boeing after one of its three new aircraft had to be grounded. He cited manufacturing faults as part of the problem.

Boeing has delivered 50 of the 787 aircraft with orders for nearly 800 more.  The aircraft manufacturer has been increasing production of its 777 and 737 models and aims to complete 10 787 aircraft per month at its Washington state and South Carolina plants.

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