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Boeing has 'extreme confidence' in Dreamliner despite third mishap this week


Japan Airlines received its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on March 26, 2012.


Stephen Brashear

Boeing said Wednesday it has “extreme confidence” in its 787 Dreamliner, despite three mishaps in as many days.

Mike Sinnett, Boeing’s chief engineer for 787, said the Dreamliner’s "teething pains" were similar to those of the 777 model during its first year in service, CBC News reported.

“Just like any new airplane program, we work through … issues and we move on,” Sinnett told reporters on a conference call.

“So while we're happy with the level of the performance of the airplane, we're not satisfied until our reliability and our performance is 100 per cent."

But Simmet said he was "100 percent convinced that the airplane is safe to fly," the Chicago Tribune reported.

 On Wednesday, Japan’s All Nippon Airways was forced to cancel a Dreamliner flight from the western prefecture of Yamaguchi to Tokyo due to brake problems, NBC News reported.

That followed two incidents at Boston Logan International Airport on Monday and Tuesday involving two Dreamliner aircraft owned by Japan Airlines.

On Tuesday Japan Airlines was forced to cancel a takeoff due to a fuel leak, a day after an electrical fire on another 787.

After a three-year delay, the first Dreamliner was delivered 15 months ago to a Japanese airline, the Chicago Tribune reported.

There are now about 50 Dreamliners in service with various airlines around the world and about 800 on order.





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