There’s more news on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner today. The FAA:
plans to launch a top-priority review of the plane focusing on its electrical system and quality controls used in the manufacturing process.
I’m not sure what a “top-priority review” is as it relates to a plane already in service, but it’s definitely not good. The article also says that the review is related to other problems in the past but is being specifically initiated now because of the JAL 787 that caught on fire at Boston Logan airport a few days ago.
No doubt there’s been a rocky path for the 787 for quite some time. Years of delays in the first delivery followed by mountains of production delays have given way to operational bugs. I still get the sense that these issues are not overly serious and are not likely to lead to a grounding of the small fleet of delivered 787s. However, it looks more likely there may be delays in deliveries if there are modifications that are mandated by the FAA.