The Boeing 787 Dreamliner employs an amazing amount of technical enhancements. While the plane has been groundbreaking, it continues to deal with mechanical issues. This one isn’t specifically in Boeing’s court, but ANA isn’t very happy with their engine supplier right now.
It was a crazy week of travel for me, so I got fairly far behind on my blog reading. Here’s a few of the key posts I missed from around the world of travel this week. Google Flights is answering any and all questions. I’ll be interested to see how deep they go, and I applaud them for doing it. I was nervous when they took over ITA Matrix a few years ago, my favorite travel tool. Results-oriented, I was right, but I wish I was wrong. There have been lots of […]
Don’t forget to enter my giveaways for a Bubble Bum and 5,000 Ultimate Rewards points. Thanks to my good friend Kevin for sending along this video to remind me I’m really ready for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to start flying again. This is footage from the 2012 Farnborough air show where an ex F-18 pilot gets to take the Dreamliner for a little spin. I Heart The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and I’m ready for the FAA to give her back. Related Articles: FAA Approves Boeing 787 Certification Plan Pizza […]
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 was quoted in an Associated Press piece yesterday about my confidence in the Boeing 787. “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 […]
It’s been a bad week for the 787. First, a fire broke out on a JAL 787 in Boston. Then, the FAA launched an “top-level” investigation into the problems the 787 has experienced. Then yesterday, ANA and Japan Airlines saw their 787 fleets grounded by their government, with a report of smoke on an ANA 787 being the straw that broke the camel’s back. The final shoe dropped today. The FAA has grounded the US 787 fleet. Quoting from the article: It’s the first time in four decades that U.S. […]
Hat tip to Wandering Aramean. I saw his post about 15 minutes after my post detailing the emergency landing earlier today in Japan. Here’s a link to a Chicago Tribune story. It doesn’t contain a whole lot of new information from my previous post. There was a warning on a short flight earlier today in Japan involving the same type of battery that led to a fire on a JAL 787 last week. There were reports of an odor of smoke onboard, and the plane landed shortly thereafter without further […]
If you follow my blog, it’s no secret I’m a big Dreamliner fan. From the inaugural flight BOS-NRT on Japan Airlines to StarMegaDO2 and the best party in the air, StarMegaDO4, I’ve enjoyed every minute flying on (and crawling around) this plane of the future. Last week we had the fire on a 787 in Boston and the subsequent knee-jerk (IMO) “special top-level review” by the FAA. And now, there’s a Wall Street Journal report of a 787 emergency landing in Japan. Quoting from the article: The local fire department in Takamatsu […]