Dreams on hold for Boeings new aircraft

first_imgCarriers across the globe have decided to pull their Boeing 787 Dreamliners from service, following an emergency US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airworthiness directive issued earlier this week, a directive seconded by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).LOT Polish Airlines’ two Dreamliner aircraft will be re-checked by technical staff and remain grounded until further notice. Today’s flight to Beijing will be cancelled, while all of LOT’s other long-haul operations will be continued with 767 aircrafts, a statement from the carrier read. The news follows All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines grounding of their Dreamliner fleets, after experiencing safety issues.“Before further flight, operators of US-registered, Boeing 787 aircraft must demonstrate to the Federal Aviation Administration that the batteries are safe,” the FAA said in a statement.“The FAA will work alongside Boeing and airlines possessing Dreamliners to develop a corrective action plan to allow the fleet operations to resume as quickly and safely as possible.”United Airlines is currently the only US airline operating the 787.Qantas Airways was planning to replace 11 Airbus A330s in its Jetstar fleet with 15 Dreamliners, but has now trimmed its order to 14, following the release of the FAA’s directive, news.com.au reported. The Australian carrier insists the move is unrelated to the decree and is in response to projected slow-growth on Jetstar’s long-haul network. However, just yesterday Qantas said it was “confident that the current issues will be resolved before Jetstar receives its first aircraft as scheduled in the second half of this year,” without mention of cancelling orders.Qantas now plans to lease an additional five Boeing 717 aircraft and purchase three Bombardier Q400 aircraft for use on domestic servies, due to begin arriving from the second half of 2013.“It is a sensible investment in a part of the Qantas Group that is delivering strong returns,” Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T 787 Dreamliners grounded worldwide, Qantas cancels orders. Image: Boeinglast_img

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