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FAA says review of Boeing 787 Dreamliner finds plane is safe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday a review of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner found the plane was "soundly designed" and met its "safety level." The joint FAA-Boeing review did make seven recommendations for further improvements in Boeing processes and FAA oversight, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a telephone news briefing.

Wing production problem is the latest headache for Boeing; company say existing 787s are fine

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Boeing's much-delayed 787 Dreamliner has hit another production snafu. Hairline cracks have been discovered in the wings of some 787s that are being built. The Chicago-based manufacturer said none of the 122 jets already flown by airlines around the world are affected. "We are confident that the condition does not exist in the in-service fleet," Boeing spokesman Doug Alder said in an email. "We understand the issue, what must be done to correct it and are completing inspections of potentially affected airplanes."

Boeing reports cracks in Dreamliner wings

Boeing said Friday that hairline cracks have been found in the wings of some of its 787 Dreamliners still in production due to a manufacturing problem. Boeing told AFP the cracks were found in the wings made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan, but insisted it was "confident that the condition does not exist in the in-service fleet." Boeing said had been notified by its wing-maker supplier MHI that "a change in their manufacturing process may have led to hairline cracks in a limited number of shear ties on a wing rib in the 787."

Overheating Dreamliner battery hit 660 Celsius: Japan govt

Japan said on Friday the battery in a Dreamliner jet that spewed white smoke last month could have reached temperatures as high as 660 Celsius (1,220 Fahrenheit). The figure came in an report released by the transport ministry after Japan Airlines grounded one of its Dreamliner planes when the smoke was seen outside the cockpit window during maintenance at Tokyo's Narita airport. It was the latest in a series of problems that have beset the aircraft, including a months-long global grounding over battery problems last year.

Air India Dreamliner diverted to Malaysia after "glitches"

An Air India Dreamliner was diverted to Kuala Lumpur Wednesday after suffering "software glitches", an airline official said, in the latest of a series of mishaps to hit the Boeing aircraft. The Melbourne-Delhi flight, carrying 215 passengers, made an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur airport as technical engineers were called from Hong Kong to fix the problem, Air India spokesman Praveen Bhatnagar told AFP Wednesday.

Boeing icing problems may lead to forced landings: FAA

By Alwyn Scott SEATTLE (Reuters) - Icing problems that have occurred on Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 aircraft using engines made by General Electric Co could lead to forced landings, the U.S. aviation regulator said on Wednesday. The so-called airworthiness directive from the Federal Aviation Administration had been expected after a series of incidents this year. The FAA said the problems affected nine flights and in two cases involving 747-8 planes it affected two of four engines.

FAA to warn airlines of engine icing risk on Boeing 747-8s, Dreamliners

(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is set to direct airlines to avoid flying Boeing Co <BA.N> 787 Dreamliners and 747-8 jumbo jets with General Electric Co <GE.N> engines near thunderstorms after some planes experienced ice buildup in their engines. The U.S. regulator said it would issue an airworthiness directive (AD) this week for the airplanes powered by GE's GEnx engines.

Boeing warns of engine icing risk on 747-8s, Dreamliners

By Alwyn Scott and Hideyuki Sano SEATTLE/TOKYO (Reuters) - Boeing <BA.N> advised airlines on Friday about a risk of engine icing problems on its new 747-8 and 787 Dreamliner planes with engines made by General Electric <GE.N>, urging 15 carriers to avoid flying them near high-level thunderstorms.

Boeing advises airlines about potential risks from engine icing on some 747-8 and 787 planes

WASHINGTON - Boeing is alerting airlines about possible engine icing problems on some of its new planes. It is recommending that planes with a specific General Electric engine avoid flying near thunderstorms that might contain ice crystals. Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel said Saturday that Boeing issued the advisory after ice crystal formation in some instances diminished engine performance. Airlines with planes affected include United, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa and Air India. Models affected are the 747-8 and the 787, which Boeing Co. calls the Dreamliner.

Boeing needs '6 months' to make Dreamliner as reliable as 777

Boeing said Saturday it needs another six months to make its long-awaited 787 Dreamliner, which has been beset by a series of incidents, as reliable as its bestselling 777 airliner. Marty Bentrott, a regional sales chief for Boeing, said the company was "making good progress" in resolving the problems with the Dreamliner, adding the aircraft's "reliability is improving".
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