Boeing 787

The Boeing 787, better known as the Dreamliner, represented Boeing’s effort to regain leadership in the industry after its rival, Airbus, won the race to replace the jumbo jet with the Airbus A380. However, the Dreamliner was delayed for years by technical problems and suffered a major setback in January 2013 when a series of battery incidents, including a fire on one plane, caused 50 Dreamliners in service around the world to be grounded. 

Boeing requests worldwide checks of Honeywell beacons

Emergency services attend a fire on an Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner at Heathrow airport. Photo: Reuters

Boeing has asked airlines to inspect aircraft worldwide to gather data on Honeywell International emergency beacons that have come under scrutiny following a fire on a parked 787 Dreamliner two weeks ago.

Monday, 29 July, 2013, 11:39am

Airlines keep 787 flying as probe seeks cause of fire

Safety investigators are still seeking to establish the cause of a fire in a Boeing 787 at London’s Heathrow Airport. Photo: AP

Airlines are keeping Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner flying, and are sticking with their orders for the new jet as safety investigators look for what sparked a fire in one of the planes while it was parked at London’s Heathrow Airport.

18 Jul 2013 - 1:34pm

Boeing hit by return of Dreamliner safety worries

Heathrow closed both its runways to deal with the fire on board an Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner on Friday. Photo: Reuters

Two incidents involving Boeing's 787 Dreamliners have renewed safety concerns about the airplane following battery malfunctions that grounded the fleet earlier this year.

14 Jul 2013 - 6:41am

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.

7 May 2015 - 3:24pm

United Dreamliner diverted due to possible oil filter problem

The Dreamliner was grounded worldwide in January after problems with its batteries, and resumed commercial service in May. Photo: Reuters

United Airlines said a Boeing 787 on its way to Tokyo from Denver was diverted to Seattle after an indication of a problem with an oil filter in an engine, but the plane landed without incident.

19 Jun 2013 - 10:23am

Airbus next-generation plane prepares for first flight

The new A350 Airbus does a taxiing test at Toulouse-Blagnac airport. Photo: AFP

Airbus’s new A350 plane is due to take off on its much-anticipated maiden flight on Friday, a milestone for an aircraft the firm hopes will help close the gap with rival Boeing in the lucrative long-haul market.

13 Jun 2013 - 2:14pm

Boeing, FAA defend approval of 787 Dreamliner

The FAA launched its review after one battery caught fire in a parked 787 in January, and a second battery problem shortly after prompted regulators to ground the entire fleet. Photo: AP

Boeing and federal regulators have told US lawmakers they learned crucial lessons from the 787 Dreamliner’s battery problems, but they defended the certification process as “quite robust” and safe enough.

13 Jun 2013 - 11:06am

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.

7 May 2015 - 3:24pm

Japan’s ANA resumes Dreamliner flights after battery problems

Boeing’s flagship 787 were grounded worldwide after incidents in January. Photo: Reuters

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) said it put its Dreamliner fleet back into service on Sunday following a suspension of about four months due to battery problems.

ANA, the single biggest operator of Boeing’s flagship 787, said one of the high-tech planes departed “safely” on Sunday afternoon from Sapporo in Hokkaido to Haneda in Tokyo.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China Southern Airlines cleared to take Dreamliner

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is set to ply mainland skies after having been given the airworthiness certificate by the aviation authorities on the mainland. Photo: AFP

China Southern Airlines will be the first Chinese carrier to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner after China's aviation regulator gave the aircraft approval.

25 May 2013 - 4:28am

FAA says 787 can fly after battery systems modified

Boeing’s fix to the battery problem that plagued the high-tech Dreamliner has been formally approved by US authorities and Japanese regulators, clearing the way for the Boeing 787 to resume service. Photo: AP

The US Federal Aviation Administration issued formal approval of Boeing’s 787 battery fix that will clear the way for the troubled aircraft to fly again after a three-month grounding.

26 Apr 2013 - 1:21pm

Batteries will power on despite Dreamliner glitch with lithium-ion-fuelled cells

Boeing displays an 'improved' version of its 787 battery. Photo: AFP

In January, Boeing's new, 787 Dreamliners were grounded due to overheating problems with their lithium-ion batteries, leading to potential fire risks. These were well-publicised yet rare incidents involving lithium-ion batteries - which abound in our modern lives, powering devices such as mobile phones and laptops.

31 Mar 2013 - 1:06am

Boeing says 'safe' Dreamliner back in service within weeks

Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner attends a news conference in Tokyo. Photo: EPA

The grounded Dreamliner is “absolutely” safe and will be back in the air within weeks, planemaker Boeing said in Japan on Friday as it sought to reassure airlines and passengers about the aircraft.

16 Mar 2013 - 12:50am

Boeing sets 787 tests, analysts encouraged but cautious

Analysts are already cautiously upgrading Boeing’s rating, predicting the company isn’t far from solving the problems that forced the grounding of its high-tech 787 Dreamliner. Photo: AP

As Boeing prepared to start testing a redesigned battery system aimed at preventing fires on its flagship 787 Dreamliner, analysts upgraded the company’s rating and lifted their targets for the stock price.

14 Mar 2013 - 11:19am

Boeing wins US$15b jet order from Ryanair

Boeing plans to widen the interior of the 777's fuselage, give it new engines and enlarge the wing, building it out of composite materials instead of aluminium. Photo: Bloomberg

Boeing won a jet order from Ryanair valued at US$15.1 billion at list price, selling 170 of its 737 model as that aircraft is phased out in favour of the Max version, according to people familiar with the matter.

14 Mar 2013 - 7:26am