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Hard on the heels of news that Japan’s two largest airlines, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, had suspended all 787 flights, Qatar Airways cancelled a scheduled flight from London to Doha.
According to a report in the U.K.’s Daily Mail, Qatar officials reached for comment confirmed the cancellation but refused to divulge what if any specific causes were behind it.
Officials representing Boeing and the FAA continue to insist that the Dreamliner is fundamentally safe, and that the issues are normal “teething” glitches that afflict any new aircraft in its initial in-service period.
Such reassurances, however, seem increasingly hollow as the plane’s problems continue to surface with no sign of either diagnoses or solutions.
The ever-growing list of 787-related incidents now includes the following:
About the 787 Dreamliner
The Dreamliner is Boeing’s most advanced airliner, featuring such cutting-edge technology as lithium-ion batteries and a composite-plastic body.
The first 787 was received by ANA in September 2011, and since then about 35 787s have been delivered to eight airline customers, including United.
As of last month, the company had taken orders for 844 Dreamliners, and Boeing hopes to sell as many as 5,000 during the lifetime of the plane.
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