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Now it’s computers: another glitch grounds Dreamliner

February 6, 2014 Aviation, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59The latest problem to beset a Boeing 787 Dreamliner has nothing to do with batteries  overheating nor fuel leaks. A rogue computer forced Polish airline LOT to abort a scheduled transatlantic flight from Warsaw to Toronto.

“We had to restart the on-board computer just before take-off,” a LOT spokeperson told broadcaster TVN24 earlier this week.

As re-booting the computer and associated systems checking can take a few hours, the airline decided to change the plane.

News agency Reuters has reported that LOT is due to receive about USD 30 million from Boeing to compensate for earlier faults that grounded its 787s.

The troubled 787 Dreamliner has been hit by a spate of problems ranging from a fuel leak on Norwegian Air Shuttle to a part falling off an Air India 787 and faulty toilets on a JAL 787. The reliability of flight controls has been questioned, particularly for wing spoilers, brakes and electrical power components. Not to mention the battery fire that grounded all 787s worldwide for three months last year.

Last week, a senior Boeing executive conceded that the 787 Dreamliner was “about 98%” reliable and needed to improve.

Boeing’s vice president for B787 support and services, Mike Fleming, said a 98% figure meant two out of every 100 Dreamliner flights were delayed, a percentage point better than reported in October 2013 but still not good enough. In a nutshell, 2% unreliable is unsatisfactory.

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. Gosh ! What a piece of rough news!

    I am planned to travel London New Delhi by Air India 787 Dremliner at the end of next March!!!

    Can you see that Boeing sets right the troublesome plane within that date??
    Or, suggest Air India to sobstitute it!!!

    It would not be nice to fly one of the planes that fall under the faulty 2% !!!!!!



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