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Dreamliners grounded by two of Japan's largest airlines


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    Boeing employees assemble Boeing 787 Dreamliners in Everett, Wash.

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    Boeing employees work on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner for United Airlines on September 25, 2011 in Everett, Wash. Boeing delivered its long-awaited and delayed first 787 airliner to All Nippon Airways, which it will celebrate before ANA flies the airliner to Japan September 27, 2011.

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    Boeing employees assemble Boeing 787 Dreamliners in Everett, Wash. Boeing handed over the key for the first Boeing 787 to All Nippon Airways in a ceremony.

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    Business class seats on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner owned by All Nippon Airways September 25, 2011 in Everett, Wash.

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    The back of seats on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner include a remote control.

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    An All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 features controls for reclining seats in first class.

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    Windows are electronically dimmed to deep-sea blue inside the Dreamliner 787.

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    A Boeing 787 Dreamliner sits on the flight line in Everett, Wash.

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    A Dreamliner 787 at the Boeing facility in Everett, Wash.

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    A look at the Dreamliner 787 during take off.

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    A Boeing 787 Dreamliner in flight.

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    A Dreamliner 787 in mid-flight.

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    A look at the underside of the Boeing 787 in flight

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Japan's two main airlines have grounded their Boeing 787 Dreamliners after another incident on board. One of the planes was forced to make an emergency landing in Japan shortly after take-off due to battery problems.

All Nippon Airways has grounded its fleet of 17 Dreamliners and Japan Airlines says it will ground its fleet of seven 787s from today until further notice.

This is just the latest setback for Boeing and its Dreamliner planes, with issues including fuel leaks, a cracked cockpit window, brake problems and an electrical fire.

But the BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Tokyo says despite the problems, Japan is not about to ditch the Dreamliner. "Japan is heavily committed to the Dreamliner. Not just from the airlines but industrially as well. Japanese companies make about 35 percent of all the components in the aircraft including those spectacular carbon fiber wings. So Japan has a lot riding on this plane, they're not about to pull out of this project."

Still, the technical problems, and inspections by U.S. and Japanese aviation officials, are a setback for Boeing, says aerospace analyst Richard Aboulafia at the Teal Group in Virginia. “What you’ve got is the continuation of what’s basically been a five-year crisis. And it doesn’t end just because you get the plane in service.” The Dreamliner was already several years delayed and seriously over budget when it finally rolled down the runway in its maiden flight back in September 2011.

So far, though, Aboulafia thinks the 50 Dreamliners already in service are just suffering the typical ‘teething pains’ of a complicated new high-tech aircraft.

“They’re unlikely to find any real show-stoppers that say ‘this entire technology is invalid,’" says Aboulafia. "What they’ve simply got is a bunch of quirks and occasional defects. There’s a lot of work ahead, and a lot of risk. At the end of the day, I still think the plane will be vindicated. It’s just going to be a painful, expensive, and at times, ugly process.”

And Boeing’s not alone, says transportation and finance professor Richard Gritta at the University of Portland. Boeing's main European competitor is facing similiar problems.

 “The A-380 -- the giant Airbus -- has had its own problems with wiring," says Gritta. "It’s just kind of the nature of the beast these days.”

The problem is that both airlines are late getting to market. Meaning, it’ll be a long time before they rake in enough money to break even on these next-generation jets.

About the author

Rupert Wingfield-Hayes is a reporter with the BBC based in Japan.
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I think there must be more technical support to improve the plane, so there won't be any problem later on. Increasing the technology and keep checking every a week or after the plane used, it will be much better to prevent more problem.

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Big difference then and now. When Boeing produced the first commercial jetliner ( 707 ) in 1958 it was completely Made In USA, in the state of Washington, from the ground up. Now the 787 dreamliner is only "assembled " in Washington state with more than 50 % of assemblies and components produed in other countries, it really is no longer Made In USA. http://www.empleosenguadalajara.com.mx/

Development and production of the 787 have involved a large-scale collaboration with numerous suppliers around the globe. Final assembly is at the Boeing Everett Factory in Everett, Washington. Assembly is also taking place at a new factory in North Charleston, South Carolina. Both sites will deliver 787s to airline customers. Originally planned to enter service in May 2008, the project has suffered from multiple delays. The airliner's maiden flight took place on December 15, 2009, and completed flight testing in mid-2011. Final Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification was received in late August 2011 and the first model was delivered in late September 2011. It entered commercial service on October 26, 2011.

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