Boeing reveals Dreamliner fire incident findings

25 Nov 2010 by BusinessTraveller

The manufacturer says it is developing “minor design changes” and updates to power distribution panels and system software on its B787, following a fire on board a test flight earlier this month.

In a statement Boeing said it has “successfully simulated key aspects of the onboard event in our laboratory”, and is “moving forward with developing design fixes”.

It added that it is “developing a plan to enable a return to 787 flight test activities and will present it to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as soon as it is complete”.

Boeing has yet to confirm whether the incident will lead to a further delay to the launch of the Dreamliner aircraft, but said that “a revised 787 programme schedule is expected to be finalized in the next few weeks”.

Meanwhile Reuters has today quoted Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al Baker as saying that Boeing has “clearly failed” on its B787 programme. Qatar has firm orders for 30 Dreamliner aircraft, with options for 30 more.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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