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Qatar Cancels Boeing 787 Dreamliner Flight from London

Qatar Cancels Boeing 787 Dreamliner Flight from London

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.

Dreamliner Issues

The ever-growing list of 787-related incidents now includes the following:

  • On Sunday, a fuel leak was discovered on a Japan Airlines 787 at Tokyo’s Narita Airport.
  • A fire broke out on a Japan Airlines 787 in Boston earlier this month.
  • A fire similar to the one in Boston had been reported during the 787′s testing phase in 2010.
  • In December, an electrical malfunction forced a United Airlines 787 to make an emergency landing.
  • Later that same month, United reported that the same issue had been discovered on a second Dreamliner.
  • Also in December, Qatar Airlines grounded one of its 787s because of electrical issues.
  • The FAA has ordered inspections of potential fuel-line leaks on all 787s.
  • Last week, the FAA announced that it would subject the 787 Dreamliner to an unusual post-launch “review.”

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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