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Boeing's dreams turn to nightmare

  • Blog Post by: Kerri Westenberg
  • January 17, 2013 - 10:46 AM

If you were hoping to fly on Boeing's once-touted 787 Dreamliner anytime soon, dream on. A slew of problems has grounded all 50 787s already in the hands of airlines around the world. Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways were the first to clip the wings of their combined 24 Dreamliners after an ANA flight was forced to make an emergency landing due to a possibly faulty battery. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, in the midst of a safety review, issued an emergency order grounding the planes late Wednesday night. (United Airlines, the only U.S. carrier with the airplanes, has six; none had serviced MSP.)  The grounding is bad news not just for Boeing and the airlines that have purchased Dreamliners (800 are on order). It’s also bad news for flyers, since the planes have cushier cabins, bigger windows and higher humidity. 
 

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