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. 

Another Dreamliner jet is grounded

A Boeing Dreamliner. Photo: AFP

Japan Airlines has grounded another Dreamliner jet after "white smoke" was seen outside the cockpit window during maintenance, a year after a months-long global grounding over battery problems.

Thursday, 16 January, 2014, 4:50am

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

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

Boeing set to confirm plans for larger 787 Dreamliner - sources

A larger member of Boeing’s Dreamliner fleet has been discussed for several years. Photo: AFP

Boeing is poised to launch a larger member of its 787 Dreamliner jetliner family to meet demand for long-haul travel within Asia and other long-haul routes, sources told Reuters.

Long-discussed plans for a 323-seat version of the 787 are likely to be formally announced at next week’s Paris Airshow, the sources said.

14 Jun 2013 - 2:17pm

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

ANA reports fault on modified Dreamliner

A newly delivered All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 touches down in Tokyo on Thursday. May 16, 2013. ANA has reported a minor fault with a modified Dreamliner, but added that it wasn’t connected to the previous battery problems. Photo: AFP

Japan’s All Nippon Airways on Friday said a modified Dreamliner had experienced a fault earlier this month, but insisted it would not affect the restart of the high-tech planes.

17 May 2013 - 12:49pm

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

Briefs, January 25, 2013

Climate change has shrunk Andean glaciers between 30 and 50 per cent since the 1970s and could melt many of them away altogether in coming years, according to a study published in the journal The Cryosphere.

25 Jan 2013 - 3:15am

787 grounding puts Boeing’s outsourcing in focus

A US Federal Aviation Administration technical advisor inspects a Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane. Photo: Reuters

Boeing’s woes with its new 787, grounded worldwide after a series of incidents, shine the spotlight on its bold but risky strategy to source parts for the innovative aircraft from scores of plants and contractors around the world.

18 Jan 2013 - 11:27am

China Southern still on board Boeing's Dreamliner

An emergency landing of an ANA Dreamliner has not prompted China Southern Airlines to cancel its orders for the plane. Photo: Reuters

China Southern Airlines has no immediate plan to cancel orders of the incident-prone Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners but that will change if systemic problems are found.

The assessment came after Japan's two leading airlines, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways, grounded all B787s yesterday due to glitches, mainly in the plane's electrical system.

17 Jan 2013 - 4:19am