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Boeing Dreamliner problems escalate

Airlines worldwide stopped flying their Boeing 787s after several of the passenger jets had problems with their lithium-ion batteries. The Federal Aviation Administration grounded Boeing's newest and most technologically advanced jetliner until the risk of battery fires was resolved in April. Other airlines and civil aviation authorities in other countries followed the FAA's lead.

  • Boeing probing Japan Airlines' battery issue on 787 Dreamliner

    Boeing probing Japan Airlines' battery issue on 787 Dreamliner

    Aerospace giant Boeing Co. is working to resolve another battery issue reported  on one of its 787 Dreamliner jets when Japan Airlines discovered what appeared to be white smoke during routine maintenance work. The lithium-ion battery system was found to be "venting" gas while the plane sat at...

  • FAA to issue warning on engine icing risks on 787s and 747s

    FAA to issue warning on engine icing risks on 787s and 747s

    The Federal Aviation Administration plans to issue a warning to airlines flying certain Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliners and 747-8 jumbo jets, advising that they avoid high-altitude thunderstorms after instances of icing. The anticipated move comes after Boeing notified airlines last week that the planes,...

  • FAA to require inspections on 787 Dreamliners after London fire

    FAA to require inspections on 787 Dreamliners after London fire

    The Federal Aviation Administration is developing a plan requiring airlines to inspect the emergency devices on their Boeing 787 Dreamliners after a fire erupted on the plane last week while it was parked at London’s Heathrow Airport. On Friday the agency said these mandatory inspections “would...

  • No evidence batteries involved in Dreamliner fire, investigators say

    No evidence batteries involved in Dreamliner fire, investigators say

    Investigators have no found evidence that the internal fire that sent smoke billowing through a parked and empty Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner in London on Friday was linked to problematic aircraft batteries, Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch said on Saturday. In a statement, the agency...

  • Boeing 787 Dreamliner catches fire; stock takes a beating

    Boeing 787 Dreamliner catches fire; stock takes a beating

    An empty Dreamliner catches fire sitting at London's Heathrow Airport; the incident appears unrelated to battery troubles that grounded 787s earlier this year.

  • First United Boeing 787 Dreamliner to fly in months lands safely

    First United Boeing 787 Dreamliner to fly in months lands safely

    The first Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner to fly under the United Airlines name since a mass grounding ordered by the government earlier this year has landed at Chicago. On board the high-tech jet, which departed from Houston at 11 a.m. local time on Monday: Boeing Chief Executive W. James McNerney Jr....

  • Boeing plans on 787 Dreamliners to be airborne 'within weeks'

    Boeing plans on 787 Dreamliners to be airborne 'within weeks'

    With a new plan to fix the problem-plagued lithium-ion battery systems on its grounded 787 Dreamliner passenger jets, Boeing Co. said the fleet should be airborne again within weeks. The aerospace giant’s plan to fix to the 787 battery system involves insulating and spacing out parts, reducing...

  • Boeing CEO has 'high confidence in the safety' of 787 Dreamliner

    Boeing CEO has 'high confidence in the safety' of 787 Dreamliner

    The Federal Aviation Administration may have just grounded Boeing’s Dreamliner planes, but Chief Executive Jim McNerney still says the company has “high confidence in the safety of the 787.” Executives “stand squarely behind its integrity as the newest addition to our product family,” McNerney...

  • Panorama: Inside a Qatar Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner

    Panorama: Inside a Qatar Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner

    A Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its maiden flight from Doha to Zurich, Switzerland, to kick off regular service. The seven-hour flight has economy class and business class. Among its features, the Dreamliner is lighter (so it uses less fuel), has mood lighting and larger passenger windows...

  • Inside airlines' Boeing 787 Dreamliners

    Inside airlines' Boeing 787 Dreamliners

    On Sunday, United Airlines' Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its inaugural commercial flight, flying from Houston to Chicago. The carrier became the first North American airline to fly the 787. The plane, fabricated from composite materials, is Boeing's first all-new one since the 1990s. It uses LED...

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