The Straits Times
Published on Jan 17, 2013

Dreamliner woes turn into Boeing nightmare


WASHINGTON (AFP) - Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is suffering serious teething problems that have grounded the plane in Japan and stoked market concerns about the US aerospace giant.

All Nippon Airways grounded its 787 fleet Wednesday after smoke in an electrical compartment forced an emergency landing. Japan Airlines followed suit. The combined 24 planes will be grounded at least through Thursday for safety checks.

The two Japanese airlines account for almost half of the 50 787s already in service, and Boeing had hoped their fleets would serve as a shop window for a new model on which it has staked much of its business strategy.

It was the seventh safety incident with the high-tech plane - marketed by Boeing as the fuel-efficient future of aviation - experienced by ANA and JAL in less than two weeks.