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Boeing Dreamliner
10:05 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Report: FAA Too Reliant On Boeing For Battery Test

This slide shown on a video screen during a news conference at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, shows a comparison of an exemplar battery with the Japan Airlines Boeing 787 battery.
Ann Heisenfelt AP Photo

A new report says the government failed to properly test the lithium-ion batteries on the Boeing 787 and relied too much on the company for technical expertise.

The National Transportation Safety Board Thursday criticized the process used by the Federal Aviation Administration to certify the new jet in 2007. It also recommends that FAA look outside the aviation industry for independent technical expertise.

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Boeing Dreamliner
9:41 am
Wed March 19, 2014

FAA: Boeing 787's Design, Manufacture Safe

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Federal aviation officials say Boeing's design and manufacture of its cutting-edge 787 jetliner is safe despite the many plane's many problems since its rollout.

A report issued jointly by the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing on Wednesday says the plane was soundly designed, and that the government had effective processes in place to identify and correct issues that emerged before and after certification. The report makes seven recommendations for further improvements by Boeing and FAA.

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Business
3:05 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Problems Linger For Boeing's Flagship 787 Airliner

A Boeing 787 performs a demonstration flight in 2013. Battery fires, software failures and incomplete pieces have plagued the new high-tech plane.
Francois Mori AP

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 5:01 pm

Despite more than a decade to work out problems and an estimated $20 billion to build it, Boeing's 787 aircraft is still plagued by issues.

The high-tech, fuel-efficient airplane was supposed to be a game changer in the aviation industry — and it still may be — but it keeps making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Ever since 787s finally began flying in 2011, there have been technical and mechanical problems, from software bugs and engine defects to faulty wiring, trouble with hydraulics and fuel tank leaks.

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Boeing Dreamliner
9:44 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Boeing Confirms New 787 Battery Incident In Japan

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Boeing is confirming an incident with a battery on a Japan Airlines 787, in a reminder of the problems that grounded the plane for three months last year.

Boeing says it appears that a single battery cell "vented," or released gas. It was discovered during scheduled maintenance on the ground at Tokyo's Narita airport on Tuesday. No passengers were on board.

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Boeing Dreamliner
12:18 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Boeing to Speed Up Production of 787 Dreamliner

Associated Press

Boeing says it will speed up production of its new 787 as it tries to catch up on a huge backlog of orders for the plane.

The company has orders for 890 of those planes that it has yet to build.

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Boeing Dreamliner
3:26 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

LOT 787 Dreamliner Diverted Due to Antenna Issue

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Czarek Sokolowski AP Photo

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner, operated by Poland's LOT airline, has made an unscheduled landing in Reykjavik, Iceland, because of a malfunctioning antenna.

The antenna is used to transmit airplane identification information. LOT sent parts and personnel to Iceland to fix the problem, a Boeing spokesman said in an emailed statement. The airplane maker was ready to help if needed, he said.

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Boeing Dreamliner
10:30 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Japan Airlines Dreamliner Safely Returns to Boston

A Japan Airlines flight to Tokyo's Narita Airport has returned safely to Boston's Logan Airport because of a possible fuel pump issue on the Boeing 787 aircraft.

It's the latest woe for the new Dreamliner aircraft after a lithium ion battery problem grounded the fleet in January and a fire on an Ethiopian Airlines plane last week.

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Boeing Dreamliner
1:51 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Boeing resumes 787 deliveries after 4-month halt

Associated Press

Boeing is delivering 787s again after a four-month halt while it fixed problems that led to smoldering batteries.

Boeing announced a delivery on Tuesday to Japan's All Nippon Airways.

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Boeing Dreamliner
9:15 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Boeing aims for mid-May restart of 787 deliveries

Boeing says it will begin delivering 787s again in early May.

The 787 has been grounded since mid-January because of smoldering batteries. Federal authorities have approved Boeing's redesigned battery system.

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Boeing Dreamliner
9:31 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

United Airlines puts 787s in schedule for May 31

Associated Press

United Airlines is putting its grounded Boeing 787s back in the flight schedule, even though the plane is still grounded by government authorities.

United acknowledged on Monday that the plane is in its schedule starting May 31. Travel website Jaunted.com noted a 787 flight from Houston to Denver that day.

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Business and labor
11:59 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Boeing CEO says 787 is 'very close' to flying

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney is sure his company is "very close" to getting its troubled 787 Dreamliner jet back flying again.

"We have a high degree of confidence in the technical solution we are testing right now with the FAA," McNerney said Thursday. "I think it will be sooner than later."

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Business and labor
11:31 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Boeing 787 makes test flight to check battery

A Boeing 787 took off from Seattle Monday on a test flight to see if a redesigned battery system works properly while the plane is in the air.

The test flight is an important step in Boeing's plan to convince safety regulators to allow airlines to resume using the plane, which the company calls the Dreamliner.

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Boeing Dreamliner
11:13 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Boeing: Commercial 787 flights to restart in weeks

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner, center, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Friday, March 15, 2013.
Itsuo Inouye Associated Press

Boeing executives say commercial flights of its grounded 787 jets will resume "within weeks, not months" with a third of safety tests already completed.

They said Friday they had not pinpointed the causes of the two battery problems that resulted in the global grounding of the technologically advanced Dreamliner planes.

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Business
2:28 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

FAA approves Boeing plan to fix 787's batteries

All Nippon Airways' Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off for the company's first non-stop flight from San Jose to Tokyo at the San Jose International Airport in San Jose, Calif. on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.
Marcio Jose Sanchez Associated Press

Federal regulators have approved a Boeing plan to redesign the 787 Dreamliner's fire-prone lithium-ion batteries, although extensive testing will be needed before the planes can fly passengers again.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday the plan includes a redesign of the internal battery components to minimize the possibility of short-circuiting, better insulation of the battery's eight cells and the addition of a new containment and venting system.

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Business
3:51 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Boeing's Dreamliner woes will likely dominate aerospace conference

The problems surrounding Boeing’s flagship 787 Dreamliner are likely to dominate an annual aerospace conference taking place north of Seattle this week.

The conference will draw about 400 people from airplane manufacturers, suppliers and airlines. Conference topics include biofuels, airplane interiors and the health of the airline industry.

But the issue looming over the entire meeting will be how long it will take to fix the Dreamliner’s batteries and get the plane back in the air for passengers.

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