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Airlines insist they'll stick with Boeing Dreamliner after fire

Published on Jul 14, 2013 9:23 PM
 
Emergency crews surround a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, which caught fire at Britain's Heathrow airport on July 12, 2013. Airlines expressed confidence in the safety of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner on Sunday, July 14, 2013, as investigators searched for the cause of the fire on one of the advanced jets and billions were wiped off the company's market value. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Airlines expressed confidence in the safety of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner on Sunday as investigators searched for the cause of a fire on one of the advanced jets and billions were wiped off the company's market value.

British officials said initial checks into what they called a serious incident appeared to rule out any link to the battery-related problems that grounded the Dreamliner fleet for three months earlier this year.

The fire on the Ethiopian Airlines plane at Heathrow Airport in London and a separate technical problem on a second 787 owned by Britain's Thomson Airways on Friday raised new questions about an aircraft seen as crucial to Boeing's future.

The incidents were a setback for a company trying to rebuild confidence in its flagship jet and compete with Airbus in the booming market for more fuel-efficient long-distance planes.

 
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