787 Dreamliner

The Boeing 787, nicknamed the “Dreamliner”, made heavy use of new high-tech materials to make the aircraft more comfortable, and fuel efficient, although technical challenges delayed its launch more than three years. After it entered service, 787s were hit by problems, including a battery fire and fuel leaks. 

Boeing Dreamliner fire closes Heathrow Airport runways

Emergency crews surround a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, which caught fire at Britain's Heathrow airport. Photo: Reuters

A fire on an empty Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane forced Heathrow Airport to temporarily close both its runways on Friday. The incident comes as unwelcome news for Chicago-based Boeing, whose Dreamliners were cleared to fly again in April after a four-month grounding amid concerns about overheating lithium-ion batteries.

Saturday, 13 July, 2013, 2:24am

Japan Airlines halts 787 flight after battery pressure sensor problem

A newly delivered Boeing 787 Dreamliner is seen at Tokyo's Haneda airport in Tokyo last week. Photo: AFP

Japan Airlines said it halted a scheduled 787 Dreamliner flight on Sunday after engineers detected a faulty pressure sensor in one of its newly reinforced lithium-ion batteries, replacing the aircraft with an older 767.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Briefs, February 21, 2013

Heat damage found in Dreamliner's battery

China's three mobile-phone operators posted a 0.9 per cent month-to-month increase in the number of mobile subscribers to 1.12 billion, still the largest of any country in the world, last month. 

21 Feb 2013 - 6:07am

Boeing faces strike by engineers on top of Dreamliner groundings

Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives at Ronald Reagan National Airport as part of a worldwide "Dream Tour" in Washington. Photo: AP

Voting was scheduled to end last night for 23,000 engineers and technical workers considering whether to authorise a walkout in their dispute over retirement benefits. Approval would allow the Seattle-based union to call a strike at any time.

20 Feb 2013 - 5:22am

Briefs, January 20, 2013

Former mayor Ray Nagin. Photo: AP

Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, sister of Comedy Central television star Stephen Colbert, will run for the vacant congressional seat in the US state of South Carolina, a state party official said. A special election will be held on May 7 to fill the seat left vacant by Tim Scott, a first-term Republican who was appointed to the Senate this month. 

20 Jan 2013 - 4:50am

Japan orders all Boeing Dreamliners to remain grounded

Grounds crew wave at an All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner as it departs San Jose International Airport for Tokyo last week. Photo: Reuters

All Boeing Dreamliners operating in Japan must remain grounded until their batteries are confirmed to be safe, a senior government figure said Thursday, following a similar order in the US.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Boeing crisis deepens as Dreamliners grounded worldwide

Passengers exit an ANA 787 Dreamliner plane that made an emergency landing at Takamatsu airport in Japan on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

Regulators and airlines on Thursday grounded nearly all of the world’s 787 Dreamliner fleet until a fire risk linked to the plane’s batteries is fixed.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am