Boeing 787 in Japan probed on smoke seen during repairs

Japan Airlines is investigating the battery on a Boeing (BA) 787 Dreamliner after detecting smoke during pre-flight maintenance at Tokyo's Narita airport, the first sign of a possible failure since the units were redesigned last year.

Boeing says the incident "appears to have involved the venting of a single battery cell," and "the improvements made to the 787 battery system last year appear to have worked as designed."

BA shares fell 0.5%, paring an intraday drop of as much as 2.1% that followed the disclosure of the incident; the small decline reflected confidence that the battery "fix worked,” according to a Jefferies aerospace analyst.

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  • 2puttwo
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    Actually, it was a light in the cockpit that alerted them
    14 Jan 2014, 06:39 PM Reply Like
  • Deja Vu
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    will the IAM union that clamored to share in the profits also step forward and offer to share in the losses if the 787 is grounded again? Or will the IAM expect to get the paychecks every week?
    14 Jan 2014, 08:59 PM Reply Like
  • petten
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    Boeing lost order race this year to Airbus. It seems Airbus will also surpass Boeing in delivery in not too distant future, even after taking into account Boeing's forthcoming 737 production-rate hike and increase in 787 production.


    The IAM should calm down, and be realistic about their compensation. So should SPEEA.
    15 Jan 2014, 01:55 AM Reply Like
  • GarryGR
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    Airbus claimed more orders than Boeing 9 out of the 10 years before 2012, accumulating a bigger order backlog than Boeing. But then in 2012 and again last year, 2013, Boeing delivered more planes than Airbus did, and those were some of those future years one would have expected Airbus to deliver more planes than Boeing, based on those orders, right? So for a number of years, orders have not been a good metric to comparing Boeing and Airbus, especially when it come to revenue and earnings.


    The only way I can explain the order/delivery discrepancy is that Airbus has taken orders for deliveries that are further out than Boeing's orders, on average. If that were not the case, I'd expect to be reading about Airbus missing delivery schedules, but I've not seen any reporting to that effect? Instead, most reporting about late / missed delivery schedules is attributed to Boeing, mostly 787s, of course.
    15 Jan 2014, 02:23 AM Reply Like
  • thomas85225
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    Boeing redesigns 787-8 battery but the battery continues to have problems,
    July 2013 saw several 787 where still having problems in many systems


    Dreamliner a timeline of problems


    This design battery does not have any coolant air for the battery or any type of sensors on the battery that could alert the flight crew of any type of problems


    The 787-8 aircraft electrical circuit breakers are not tripping that are design to prevent electrical system from overloading.


    The cost of the 787 battery is $1600.00 and the weighs is 68 pounds
    Placing lithium-ion batteries in a box is not a fix since there is NO Fire Extinguisher that can put out a Lithium-ion batteries fire on board an aircraft! See the crash of UPS flight 6 a 747-400F that was carrying ion battery



    Airbus beats Boeing with record sales in 2013 see


    In 2012 Boeing finally beat Airbus by 38 aircraft, but Southwest has delay 30 737 until 2017 due high fuel prices and FedEx and other airlines delay their aircraft's.


    Delta airline had delay it orders of 18 787 until 2020 and has 109 737 on orders


    FedEx has delay delivery of 777’s for five years, and brought two used MD-11F and 30 757P


    How many years has Boeing been designing and building battery and is license to do so ?
    Its cost Boeing 32 Billion for the first 40 787 aircraft's, 40 out the first 70 aircraft had to be park, due to the lost of configuration control of the aircraft, under design wing box, fasteners, ect


    the 787-10 is still on the drawing board
    the 787-9 are in flight test
    787-8 was start on 3-23-2003 with 900 orders, and only 114 aircraft has been delivery to date
    Boeing need to sell 1100 aircraft to break ever and that was before all the problems, redesign, battery, the grounding, ect
    The first 40 aircraft cost the company 32 billions, 40 of the first 70 aircraft's had to park and rebuild.
    Boeing is now writing late fee checks to the airlines, 500 millions to Air India and 33 millions to POT airlines to names a few
    Boeing told investor it’s would build 10 787 per months, The company now has a Class action lawsuit for making false and misleading claims about the 787


    Boeing Short-Circuiting 787 Shows Skills Gap, Norwegian Air Says
    21 Jan 2014, 12:57 AM Reply Like
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