ANA and JAL ground their 787 fleet

ANA Boeing 787 Dreamliner

ANA Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Photo credit: yasa_)

Due to safety concerns, two of Japan’s largest airlines have announced they would stop flying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner until further notice. Operations will resume once “safety is assured”, says ANA, and “after further assessment of the situation with ongoing investigations”, says JAL.

The decision was made in light of an incident onboard ANA flight NH692, a Boeing 787 en route from Yamaguchi Ube to Tokyo Haneda with 137 passengers and crew, none of which were seriously injured. Continue reading

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All aboard the Boeing 787 Dreamliner… today?

787 Arrival at Wisconsin Airventure 2011

787 Arrival at Wisconsin Airventure 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you Google number “787″, chances are you’ll find reports on issues involving Boeing’s newest airliner since the beginning of the month. So far, these problems are triggering scrutiny from the media and obviously causing an amount of concern for certain passengers. I remember one particular case of a frequent flyer making a comparison between new planes and new cars and suggesting to “wait a year or two to get all the ‘recalls’ sorted out”. Is it worth waiting a year or two indeed? First, let’s recap what happened so far this month… Continue reading

Flying the 787, litterally

Boeing flight 286's route. Click above for details. Image from FlightAware.com.

On February 9, 2012, a Boeing 787 left Boeing Field in Seattle for an ETOPS endurance test. 19 hours later, it landed back. So far, nothing unusual.

But, along the way, it flew in such a way that as seen from a flight tracking software, it wrote the numbers “787″ and drew a Boeing logo in the sky.

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