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Two 787 Dreamliners divert because of oil problems

June 24, 2013 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59United Airlines, the only US-based airline so far to operate the revolutionary new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, had to divert two of its flights within three days last week because of oil-related problems.

A United Denver-to-Tokyo 787 flight diverted to Seattle when the plane encountered an “oil filter issue”. Passengers resumed their journey the following day after the airline accommodated about 200 of them in hotels overnight.

Two days later, another United flight using a 787, this one heading from London Heathrow to Houston, Texas, diverted to Newark, New Jersey. The problem, United said, was a low oil indication.

Boeing said the two incidents were not connected.

The Dreamliner has struck a few problems over the years, beginning with seemingly endless production delays. More recently, lithium-ion batteries smouldered and overheated on two 787s owned by Japanese airlines. That led authorities to ground the planes worldwide in January.

The latest hitch comes at a sensitive time for Boeing, which has been drumming up orders at the Paris Air Show. The Dreamliner comes in its original model and in the newer, stretched version, the B787-10.

Airbus has been promoting its new A350, the Dreamliner’s major rival, at the Paris show. The A350 has only just made its maiden flight. Like the Dreamliner, the A350 uses lightweight composite materials and cutting-edge engine technology to reduce fuel consumption.

Written by Peter Needham

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