Dreamliner passenger jets grounded until technical issues resolved
Battery-related issues forcing planes to land
Flights in Europe, Japan, Qatar, India and the United States were halted after issues were reported with Boeing Co's 787 Dreamliner passenger jets. The planes remain grounded until battery-related problems related with the aircraft are investigated.
A mainly carbon-composite plane, the Dreamliner has been troubled by recent technical mishaps, raising concerns over its use of lithium-ion batteries.
Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker of Qatar Airways had been one of the most outspoken critics of delays and technical problems with the 787. "We ensure all our aircraft meet the most stringent safety standards and this will not be compromised in any way," he said in a statement.
A mainly carbon-composite plane, the Dreamliner has been troubled by recent technical mishaps, raising concerns over its use of lithium-ion batteries. A domestic flight in Japan made an emergency landing this week after warning lights indicated a battery problem.
"While it is entirely possible that the current battery issue is resolved in short order, it is also equally possible that the 787s current certification could be called into question," BB&T Capital Markets analyst Carter Leake wrote.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this week temporarily grounded Boeing's newest commercial airliner, saying carriers would have to demonstrate the batteries were safe before the planes could once again take flight. When that will occur is not clear.
It marked the first time of a mass grounding of commercial aircraft since the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 had its airworthiness certificate suspended following a deadly crash in Chicago in 1979.
Fifty of the Dreamliners have been delivered to date, with 850 ordered. Around half of those have been in operation in Japan, but airlines in India, South America, Poland, Qatar and Ethiopia, as well as United Airlines in the United States are flying the 787. The planes have a list price of $207 million.
The majority of the Dreamliner fleet is now effectively out of action. Engineers and regulators are making checks, primarily of the plane's batteries and complex electronics systems. Airlines are now scrambling to fill in the gaps with scheduling with mass grounding.
Eight Dreamliner flights between Tokyo and San Diego have been cancelled until January 25, affecting some 1,290 passengers, and would switch aircraft for another 70 flights scheduled to fly the 787. In addition, Air India said it would use other planes on scheduled Dreamliner flights.
© 2013, Distributed by NEWS CONSORTIUM.
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2013
General Intention: Victimized Children. That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need.
Missionary Intention: Prepare the Savior's Coming. That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior's coming.
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More U.S. News
- How Many Loaves Do You Have? Living the Miracle of the Loaves Today
- If Detroit declares bankruptcy - what then?
- United States teens still lagging behind their global friends in education
- A Thanksgiving Day Reflection on the Goodness of America
- Thanksgiving: We Must Become Again a People of Thanksgiving, Love and Light
- Black Friday, immoral and oppressive? How about - a RIP-OFF as well?
- Obama decide cierre de embajada de EEUU en el Vaticano: Muestra 'antipatía' hacia católicos
- Very first book printed in U.S. sold at auction for record-breaking $14 million
- WAS IT A LIE? Family says they DID tip gay server, despite Internet story
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?