Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner hit by further setback

Boeing Co’s 787 Dreamliner has been hit by a further setback, as wiring defects have been discovered in the fire-extinguisher system on three of its aircraft.

The fault was found on jets operated by Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA), the model’s biggest operator. The fault is likely to trigger the wrong extinguisher in the event of a blaze in one of the two engines, ANA said. The problem, the latest in a series of setbacks for Boeing’s 787, was first discovered during pre-flight maintenance of a jet at Tokyo’s Haneda airport, an ANA spokeswoman said.

Japan Airlines called back a 787 travelling from Tokyo to Helsinki to check the wiring after ANA reported the fault on Wednesday. Boeing said it was investigating the defect.

‘The safety of those flying on Boeing aeroplanes is our top priority. We will thoroughly examine this issue and take the appropriate steps,’ the company said.

Boeing’s flagship jet, which made its commercial debut in 2011, is already under scrutiny after a fire broke out on a 787 Dreamliner jet operated by Ethiopian Airlines while it was parked at Heathrow airport. The 787 had only returned to service with ANA and Japan Airlines on June 1 after battery problems grounded the entire fleet earlier this year.

US carrier, United Airlines, has also found a pinched wire during an inspection of one of its six 787s.

Boeing has since asked airlines to carry out inspections of the transmitters, and it has also asked operators of other aircraft models, the 717, Next-Generation 737, 747-400, 767 and 777, to inspect their aircraft.

According to its website, Boeing delivered 73 Dreamliners to 13 customers up until August 7, with more than 29,000 flights completed.

New battery problem grounds JAL Dreamliner

A new battery problem has grounded a Japan Airlines (JAL) Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Japan Airlines, one of the first companies to report a problem with the Dreamliner’s overheating battery pack back in January this year, has been forced to replace one of its recently reinstated aircraft due to another problem with the battery installation. This time the fault was with the pressure sensor that monitors the battery’s temperature, according to reports in the Japanese media. The battery pack has already undergone a number of modifications following the initial problem. According to Japanese broadcaster, Kyodo, citing JAL, the problem was due to faulty maintenance by Boeing, as two small ventilation holes in the battery’s container had been inadvertently sealed when the battery system was repaired.

Once the problem had been recognised, JAL immediately dropped the aircraft from its scheduled flight between Tokyo and Beijing, despite the fact that the oversight was not considered an immediate safety risk, and replaced it with a Boeing 767, according to the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Boeing 787 Dreamliners have recently gone back into service worldwide following the manufacturer’s diagnosis of the overheating problem and the provision of a battery redesign to rectify it. Deliveries of the new aircraft to customers, which had also been delayed, have now resumed, with Thomson Airways becoming the first UK-based carrier to add a 787 to its fleet on Friday.

Thomson’s managing director, Chris Browne, said that no customer had registered concern about flying on the 787, adding, ‘Customers have been very understanding. They trust Thomson and Boeing not to put an unsafe aircraft in the air.’

 

Boeing Dreamliner Battery May Not Be At Fault

Boeing, the US based aircraft manufacturer, has been cooperating with US and Japanese investigators to discover the problem with its next generation Dreamliner 787 aircraft, and recent report suggests that the fault may be with the aircraft’s electrical components.

Earlier, airlines had grounded the aircraft globally, on fears regarding its airworthiness, following incidents of its onboard battery catching fire. Two Japanese airlines, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airlines, were the first of many to ground their Dreamliner aircraft and commence an investigation into the safety standards of the aircraft, claimed to be the first to offer mid-size airplane capabilities on long-distance routes.

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had also issued an emergency airworthiness directive for temporary suspension of operations for all Boeing 787 Dreamliners in the US, a decision that resulted in the grounding of all Dreamliners flown by United Airlines.

Recent investigations suggest that the fault may not be with the battery used onboard the aircraft, but with the electrical system that monitors battery voltage, charging and temperature.

The Japanese transport ministry official, Shigeru Takano, said in an interview with the BBC, ‘We have found no major quality or technical problem with the lithium-ion batteries.’

Currently, Boeing has around 800 planes on its production line, due to heavy demand for the aircraft from commercial and military organisations across the world.

The aircraft is claimed to offer greater fuel efficiency from its lightweight, as well as customisable interiors, cleaner air, a lower cabin altitude, high humidity, better windows, and more overhead storage space for aircraft passengers, making it the most sought after next generation aircraft, prior to its recent problems.

Qatar Airways Introduces Dreamliner on London to Doha Route

Qatar Airways, a Qatar based airline company, will be offering its newly acquired Boeing 787 aircraft for commercial service to London Heathrow Airport in the UK, from Doha, in Qatar.

The airline has recently taken delivery of its initial 787 Dreamliner aircraft at the Seattle, US, headquarters of the aircraft manufacturer, Boeing. The airline has flown the aircraft to Doha, Qatar, where it will be based and will be used to operate the London-Doha service.

The airline becomes the first to operate regular scheduled flights to the UK with Boeing’s next generation aircraft. The new service to London Heathrow commences from December 13, 2012.

The airline chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, said, ‘We are delighted at last with today’s announcement that in just over two weeks’ time, the UK market will see its first 787 on a regular full commercial service when it flies into London Heathrow.

Inaugurating our 787 on the London Heathrow route puts Qatar Airways firmly on the global aviation map as a carrier with a determination to continue its expansion drive and improve an already superior in-flight product.

Both new and existing customers in the UK and further afield on connecting flights will soon have an opportunity to fly on the most talked-about aircraft in the world in and out of London.

We have already received our second 787 with a further three to join our fleet by the end of the year. And we won’t stop there. With more 787s being inducted into the fleet next year, further route launches and our move to a brand new international airport in Doha during 2013, we continue to look forward to another year of exciting developments.

With our ever-expanding international network, more people from different parts of the world will have an opportunity to fly Qatar Airways and our new 787s to and from our Doha hub.’

Qatar Airways Receives First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Aircraft

Qatar Airways, a Qatar based airline company, has taken delivery of its initial Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at Seattle, US, the headquarters of the aircraft manufacturer, Boeing.

The airline has flown the aircraft to Doha, Qatar, where it will be based and will be used to operate on long distance flights. The airline is expected to take delivery of around 60 such Dreamliners on order over the next few years.

The new aircraft is the world’s earliest 787 aircraft offering wireless connectivity facilities for all passengers in both business and economy cabins to remain connected through Wi-Fi and GSM telephony options. The aircraft also provides a fully interactive in-flight entertainment system with around 1,000 video and audio options for passengers.

Qatar Airways chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, said, ‘Five years ago, Boeing delivered its first ever aircraft to us, a triple seven. Now, we become the first Middle East customer to take delivery of the 787 Dreamliner.

Boeing has crafted a state-of-the-art aeroplane, designed to be yet another asset to excel our signature Five Star service in the sky to all our passengers across the Middle East and around the world.

Qatar Airways set about a dream to fly our nation’s flag to all corners of the world when we launched operations 15 years ago. We have been the World’s Best Airline for two consecutive years and we are spreading our wings further with the delivery of one of the most advanced aircraft in the world.

Our decision to invest in the 787 that is at the forefront of new aerospace technology represents the future of air travel and reflects our firm belief in its unrivalled capabilities and the value it will add to our fleet and network expansion plans.

Our new 787s provide a game-changing experience with specially designed interiors, spacious cabins and custom-made seats in both Business and Economy Class.

Space, comfort and ensuring our passengers have the best onboard entertainment options are some of the key elements of our new Boeing 787s. Qatar Airways has taken a lot of time and effort in ensuring we are true leaders in the field rather than followers, meticulously working with manufacturers on specific seat design and features.’

Ethiopian Airlines Targets August for Dreamliner Delivery

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian), which has been the flag carrier for Ethiopia for the past 65 years, has announced that it could take delivery of its first Dreamliner aircraft in August.

The airline said that the craft would enhance its business in the region. The Dreamliner has been configured to carry 246 economy-class customers and 24 business-class customers. It is expected that the new aircraft will cement the airline’s position as one of the leading aircraft carriers in Ethiopia. Even though the initial launch of the Dreamliner craft was expected in June, its delivery had been delayed until August. The aircraft could be used to connect Johannesburg and Dubai, as previously announced.

The 787 Dreamliner is claimed to offer customers a better flying experience. For the company, acquiring the craft will mean greater efficiency to serve its point-to-point routes. It will also be able to increase its frequency of preferred and popular routes. The 787 Dreamliner claims to use 20 percent less fuel than most modern airplanes of comparable size. It also offers 45 percent more cargo revenue capacity. Other customer-centric features include a better interior environment, larger windows, better lighting, more storage space and other conveniences.

The company has so far ordered ten B787 Dreamliners.

Qatar Airways Introduces New Boeing 787 Dreamliner Aircraft at Farnborough Air Show

Qatar Airways, a Qatar-based airline, has announced its new acquisition, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, at the international aerospace event, the Farnborough International Air Show, currently being held in Hampshire, UK.

The airline will be taking delivery of five 787 Dreamliner aircraft during 2012, and is taking the opportunity to promote the latest inclusion to its fleet.

The aircraft has also participated in an aerial display for the first time at the show.

The airline chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, said, ‘This is a very proud moment for Qatar Airways and my country, the State of Qatar. As an airline, we have continued to push the boundaries and set new standards in global aviation for more than a decade to create a world-class airline.

The delivery of the first of our 787s reinforces our commitment to continue this trend and invest in next generation aircraft, with the aim of having the youngest and most technologically advanced fleet in the industry.

The 787 will create new benchmarks in comfort and space across both our Business and Economy cabins and continue to allow us to offer an unrivalled in-flight experience and unparalleled signature Five Star service onboard to existing passengers and new ones.’

The aircraft has an innovative interior design, with Business Class featuring 22 seats that are fully convertible into flat horizontal beds, and the Economy cabin having 232 seats. In flight amenities include iTouch touch control units, a library of 1,000 movies, programming and audio entertainment options, specially designed culinary offerings, and ample storage space for personal items.

Thomson Announces Launch of Summer 2013 Programme

Thomson Holidays, the UK based travel company, has launched its brand new summer 2013 programme brochure.

The new brochure includes the debut of the Thomson Airways 787 Dreamliner, new and exclusive hotel offers, like the new Sensatori and Thomson Couples hotel experiences, and new cruise destinations.

Thomson Airways, an airline owned by the travel company, has taken delivery of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which from May 1, 2013 will fly its customers to Cancun, in Mexico and Sanford, in Florida, US, from the Manchester, London Gatwick, East Midlands and Glasgow airports in the UK. The company is also offering a new addition to the Sensatori Collection of luxury hotels, with the Sensatori Turkey, located in Sorgun, Turkey, and there will be six new hotel additions to its global hotel portfolio for the summer of 2013.

From May 2013, 90 percent of holidays offered by the company will only be available for sale to UK customers through the company’s own sources, and summer 2013 holidays go on sale from April 26, 2012.

Garry Wilson, the company purchasing and product director, said, ‘Summer 2013 is shaping up to be one of our most exciting launches ever. We are thrilled that our customers are going to be able to experience the benefits of travelling on the Dreamliner on our most popular long haul routes. We know that this addition to our fleet will set us apart from our competition and we’ll be able to give our customers the best possible start to their holidays.

In line with our strategy of offering customers holidays they cannot get elsewhere, we’ve been working to ensure that more hotels than ever are being offered exclusively by Thomson to our customers in the UK.’