Lots of people are concerned about flying on a 787. And, no doubt the news about the recent fires is reason to give some people pause. But, I’m really not concerned.
“I’m as excited today to get on a 787 as I was a year ago,” says Edward Pizzarello, a travel blogger who has logged four flights on the 787, which Boeing calls the Dreamliner. “Boeing will fix this, and I’ll be flying on this plane for many years.”
But, these still really strike me as minor issues. If the FAA were to lift the restrictions tomorrow, I would hop on a 787 right away if given the opportunity.
In today’s age of social media, there is a ton of media attention surrounding the 787 problems. But, almost 20 years ago, Boeing’s 777 was the subject of massive criticism by United Airlines, it’s launch customer. While I can’t find the press release, they sent out a press release calling the plane something along the lines of a disaster and a failure. It’s now one of the most reliable planes in aviation history.
I respect the decision the FAA made to ground the planes. If they can’t figure out what’s making the batteries catch on fire, it’s a prudent step to protect the flying public. Boeing will figure out a solution and return the 787 to the air so the plane can start building it’s own legacy as a plane with groundbreaking technology.
- As Expected, The FAA Grounds 787 Fleet (pizzainmotion.com)
- Boeing 787 Fire Update: FAA Launching Investigation (pizzainmotion.com)
- Another Quick 787 Update: ANA And Japan Airlines Ground Their Fleets (pizzainmotion.com)