Boeing suspends new Dreamliner deliveries

Boeing suspends new Dreamliner deliveries
# 19 January 2013 08:52 (UTC +04:00)

The U. S. Federal Aviation Administration has grounded the Boeing Dreamliner, following a decision by Japan's two largest airlines to ground 25 of the airplane due to battery fires.

According to APA-Economics, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it would require airlines to demonstrate that the plane's cutting-edge batteries were safe before allowing further flights. It has notified regulators in other countries of its action.

Japan's two leading airlines, All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines, had already grounded their fleets of Boeing 787s after one of the Dreamliner passenger jets made an emergency landing, the latest in a series of incidents that have heightened safety concerns over a plane that many see as the future of commercial aviation.

After the FAA announcement, India and Chile were the next countries to move. Air India spokesman K Swaminathan said India's aviation authority had directed the state airline to stop flying the Boeing planes on Thursday morning as it waits for an investigation by Indian regulators to take place. "Air India has temporarily ceased operation of its Dreamliners," Swaminathan said.

Note that Azerbaijan will bring two Boeing-787 Dreamliner aircrafts to the country in 2014. The new aircraft would enable AZAL to operate flights to the most distant cities around the world, including in Northern and Southern America, Asia and Europe.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Its variants seat 210 to 290 passengers. Boeing states that it is the company's most fuel-efficient airliner and the world's first major airliner to use composite materials for most of its construction. According to Boeing, the 787 consumes 20% less fuel than the similarly-sized 767. Its distinguishing features include a four-panel windshield, noise-reducing chevrons on its engine nacelles, and a smoother nose contour. The 787 shares a common type rating with the larger 777 twinjet, allowing qualified pilots to operate both models, due to related design features.Since the recent spate of issues began in early December, Boeing stock is up 1.4 per cent, against a gain of 5.4 per cent for the S&P 500 over the same period.

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