WASHINGTON, D.C. – Is it a bird? Is it Superman? No, it’s a Boeing 787 having technical difficulties.
The FAA said it will probe all electric and mechanical systems, as well as design, manufacture and assembly of the Dreamliner, a plane seen as key to Boeing’s future. But what’s good for safety, is not always so good for short-term business: Boeing’s shares fell 2% in early trading Friday.
Of course, a share falling is a way better scenario than a plane falling. Do you want to know how all this started? Blame the Japanese. “All Nippon Airways” and “Japan Airlines” reported having issues with 787s this week. Oil leaking from the engines, electrical fires, error messages related to the braking system and cracks in a cockpit window caused several flights to be cancelled. Either these planes are really defective or the word “maintenance” got lost in translation.
United airlines, the only U.S. carrier using a Dreamliner so far, issued a statement Friday saying “We are confident in the planes’ safety and in the ability of Boeing to resolve these early operational issues.” Let’s hope so.
When it comes to airplanes, it’s always better to report good news.