Due to an increasing number of issues with Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner — a fuel leak on a Japan Airlines plane and a cockpit windshield cracking on an All Nippon Airways flight — the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has decided to review the plane’s design, manufacture and assembly to ensure the craft meet’s the FAA’s standards.
The review, which is a joint undertaking between the FAA and Boeing, will also examine how the electrical and mechanical systems interact, according to a FAA press release.
“We are confident that the aircraft is safe, but we need to have a complete understanding of what is happening," FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement. "We are conducting the review to further ensure that the aircraft meets our high safety standards.”
Currently, 50 787s are in service around the world, with All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and Qatar Airways among the carriers operating the planes. United Airlines is the only domestic airline that flies the 787.
Jim McNerney, Boeing’s chief executive officer, issued a statement expressing full cooperation with the move, but said he stood “100 percent” behind the plane’s integrity.
"We look forward to participating in the joint review with the FAA, and we believe it will underscore our confidence, and the confidence of our customers and the traveling public, in the reliability, safety and performance of the innovative, new 787 Dreamliner,” he said. - Jon Ross