NEW YORK, 25 April 2016: US officials have ordered Boeing to fix engines on some of its 787 Dreamliner airplanes to avoid sudden failure in icy conditions, calling the problem an “urgent safety issue.”
Friday’s Federal Aviation Administration directive concerns a potential problem in General Electric’s most advanced engines that affects 176 planes, worldwide, following a January incident that caused an engine on a Boeing’s newest 787 passenger jet to fail mid-flight.
Although pilots on the Japan Airlines flight from Vancouver to Tokyo shut down the engine, the incident was not deemed serious because the plane’s other engine, and older version of the same model, was not susceptible to the problem. Read more
BANGKOK, 16 May 2014: Aviation business experts, Routes Online, confirmed, Thursday, that Thai Airways International will delay introduction of its Dreamliners to 8 July and on a domestic route instead of Perth, Australia.
The airline’s first Dreamliner was due for delivery 1 July and was supposed to immediately serve the Bangkok-Perth route.
But based on the latest schedule changes the planned Boeing 787 inaugural service to Perth has now been moved to September.
TOKYO, 10 April 2013: Japanese aviation authorities on Monday began two days of battery tests on a grounded 787 Dreamliner at an airport in western Japan, officials said.
Four officials from the Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) started checking the battery system of the All Nippon Airways airplane that has been grounded at Takamatsu airport for nearly three months.
The aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in January after instruments indicated there was smoke coming out of the battery. That incident was instrumental in the worldwide grounding of all Boeing Dreamliner jets.
TOKYO, 29 March 2013: Shares in GS Yuasa, the Japanese battery supplier for Boeing’s troubled Dreamliner, plunged Thursday after its power packs overheated or caught fire in Mitsubishi’s electric and hybrid vehicles.
The stock dropped 11.11% to 392 yen by the close in Tokyo after the automaker said late Wednesday that lithium-ion batteries made by a joint venture including GS Yuasa had suffered malfunctions in at least two instances.
No one was injured in the incidents which involved Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV model, the world’s first mass-produced electric car, and its Outlander PHEV, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Neither of the cars involved had yet been shipped to customers.
WASHINGTON, 8 March 2013: The US transportation secretary still has a “lot of questions” about Boeing’s grounded 787 Dreamliner, indicating the aviation giant faces a tough battle to get the planes back in the air soon.
“I have made it very clear that I want a thorough review” of the Boeing plan to fix the plane’s battery system in order to resume commercial flights, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told the Wall Street Journal Wednesday.
“I am going to ask a lot of questions” before a final decision is made, said LaHood, who oversees the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and must sign off on any decision.