Boeing’s design and manufacture of its cutting-edge 787 jetliner is safe despite the many problems encountered since the plane’s rollout, including a fire that forced a redesign of the its batteries.
Hairline cracks have been discovered in the wings of some 787s that are being built. The Chicago-based manufacturer says none of the 122 jets already flown by airlines around the world are affected.
Boeing is confirming an incident with a battery on a Japan Airlines 787, in a reminder of the problems that grounded the plane for three months last year.
Boeing delivered 65 of its 787s last year, even though deliveries were halted for a four months because of battery problems.
General Electric it is close to a solution for engines that are losing power for a few seconds after ingesting ice chunks as big as a half-gallon.
Boeing conducted another 787 test flight on Monday as it tries to find out what caused battery problems that have knocked the plane out of airline service.
Boeing won permission on Thursday for test flights of its 787 as it tries to fix battery problems that have kept the plane grounded.
Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau is sending investigators looking into problems with Boeing 787 batteries to Seattle, where the aircraft are assembled.
Some frequent fliers say they aren’t worried about safety aboard Boeing’s problem-plagued 787 aircraft, while many less-seasoned travelers are often unaware of what model of plane they’re flying on.
Lithium batteries that can leak corrosive fluid and start fires have emerged as the chief safety concern involving Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, a problem that apparently is far more serious than government or company officials acknowledged less than a week ago.