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Anonymous17 Jan 2013
Just announced that. Dreamliners been grounded with concerns about battery fires
Didn’t realise Boeing got special permission to use same technolgy that was in the laptops that use to combust!17 Jan 2013
Meaning lithium batteries? CX ban spare lithium batteries in the hold and enforce it more strictly than anything else (we no longer get the old questions about “did you pack your own bag, have you been asked to carry something for someone else etc”, but we always get questions about spare batteries), and they also put restrictions on spare batteries in hand luggage. I thought it was overkill, but now I am not so sure!17 Jan 2013
This is going to be a potentially very serious issue for Boeing: having switched many of the control systems from electro-mechanical to digital electronic, there is substantial need for on-board power retention – hence all those batteries….
What on earth do they do if the FAA/other regulators decide that they are either unsafe or insufficiently reliable? Boeing must have had countless many discussions with the regulators during the concept, design and manufacturing stages of the 787. It is not as if this aircraft is just a reworking of existing technologies to match a different set of payload and endurance parameters, it really is a totally new design and manufacturing concept.17 Jan 2013
whilst the 787 and 380 are not in dirrect competition, they are in terms of technology. Perhaps both the pressure to launch both aircraft to showcase technology, has caused short cuts.
The 2 biggest mfg’s launch new aircraft and both suffer the embarassment of being grounded so soon after launch (albeit for unrelated problems).17 Jan 2013
According to Sky News, European aircraft now groundedby EASA too….
The planes will be grounded until the risk of possible battery fires is addressed, a US official said.
Didn’t realise 49 had already been delivered and 800+ are still on order !
The Boeing Brains must be in a state of financial tumoil..17 Jan 2013
Not true. LOT has had a number of technical issues with its B787s which prompted a number of delays and cancellations to its showcase flights around Europe.
QR has experienced technical issues and last December a UA flight had to make an emergency landing.17 Jan 2013