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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’s net order book in 2022 stood at 774, compared with 820 for Airbus
  • Toulouse-based Airbus continues to dominate the market for single-aisle aircraft, with the A320 family outselling the 737s

Before summer, a writer saved US$1,500 flying from Asia to Europe over 41 hours using On the return leg, he spent even less flying Scoot and had two fewer layovers.

The route was supposed to start in 2020, then the pandemic hit; Singapore Airlines currently offers the world’s longest regular direct flights – to New York – that cover about 15,300km and take 18 hours and 40 minutes.


The report from the Senate Commerce Committee Republican staff said testing of a key safety system tied to both fatal crashes was contrary to proper protocol.


China’s answer to the Boeing-Airbus duopoly has hurdles to overcome before its planned roll-out next year, and though the chief designer of the C919 jet says it is on schedule, not all industry analysts agree.

The lucrative market of flying passengers between India and Europe, Japan or beyond is currently dominated by Etihad and Emirates, which connect through their hubs in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The city’s de facto flag carrier was one of the first airlines to order the new long-haul jets, signing up for 21 of the planes in a multibillion-dollar deal.

Airlines have cancelled thousands of flights late into the fall of this year – incurring losses of hundreds of millions of dollars – while a timeline for the jet’s return remains uncertain

Whistle-blowers reportedly warn of tools and debris left inside jets and a culture of intimidation at Boeing’s non-union South Carolina plant.

Boeing’s factory in North Charleston, South Carolina, one of two plants that produces the 787 Dreamliner, has faced problems with production and oversight that create a safety threat, a report said.

Civil Aviation Administration of China was the first to ground the model of aircraft following the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people on March 10.

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

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.


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


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.

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.


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. 

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.

The Vatican's top official on family policy has opened slightly to the possibility of rights for gay civil unions, although he also stressed that marriage should remain between a man and a woman. "Marriage is a clear legal dimension. 

A British grandmother convicted for smuggling cocaine into Bali yesterday filed an appeal against her death sentence. Lindsay Sandiford, 56, received the death penalty last week for smuggling almost 5kg of cocaine worth US$2.4 million into Indonesia last May.

Safety inspectors on Monday were probing the company that makes batteries for Boeing’s Dreamliner after the aircraft’s worldwide fleet was grounded over safety fears.

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. 

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.


A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 suffered a fuel spill for the second time in a week, a report said. The latest incident happened at Tokyo's Narita Airport, Jiji Press newswire reported, while the aircraft was being checked following a fuel spill on Tuesday in Boston. The airline could not be reached for comment. On Friday, US regulators announced an in-depth safety review of the 787 Dreamliner after a recent spate of incidents involving the new hi-tech aircraft.