Japan Airlines

Quietly, Another Battery Problem For The 787

Japan Airlines reported smoke coming from the main battery compartment on one of their 787s as it sat on the tarmac at Narita airport in Tokyo yesterday. Quoting from the WSJ Article: JAL said white smoke was detected Tuesday at around 4:15 p.m. Tokyo time by a mechanic who was checking the cockpit before the plane was to depart for Bangkok that evening. The mechanic saw the smoke just outside the window and it was gone by the time the person went outside to check. A check of cockpit displays […]

When Do We Get The Dreamliner Back?

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 […]

FAA Approves Boeing 787 Certification Plan

While there have been lots of rumors and snippets over the past few weeks, there’s actual progress today in the return of the 787 to flight.  No, it’s not returning to flight yet, but the FAA has approved Boeing’s plan to certify the new battery system. Quoting from the press release: “This comprehensive series of tests will show us whether the proposed battery improvements will work as designed,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We won’t allow the plane to return to service unless we’re satisfied that the new design ensures […]

An Aviation Heavyweight Weighs In On The Dreamliner

Unless you’re an aviation enthusiast, it’s unlikely you know who Gordon Bethune is.  A quick peek at his Wikipedia page shows a career working for various airlines (and even a stint at Boeing), but the thing he’s most known for is his long tenure running Continental Airlines.  Most consider him to be the savior of Continental in the mid 90s.  I was never a Continental customer myself, but all of my colleagues who flew Continental swear by the man.  He commands attention in the aviation industry on a fairly regular […]

Pizza In The News: 787 Article In Huffington Post

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 […]

As Expected, The FAA Grounds 787 Fleet

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. […]

More Boeing 787 Dreamliner Miscues

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 […]

Boeing 787 Fire Update: FAA Launching Investigation

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. You can read the full piece in the Wall Stree Journal here. 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 […]

An Update On Yesterday’s 787 Fire

A number of media outlets are reporting that yesterday’s fire on a parked (and empty) JAL 787 at Boston Logan Airport point to a battery that is used to start-up the APU, or auxiliary power unit. If this is true, it’s an important distinction.  While a battery fire could happen at anytime, the auxiliary power unit is built to power the plane when it’s parked and the engines are off, not when the plane is flying, making it unlikely to cause a problem in-flight.  Not impossible, but less likely. I […]

Fire Breaks Out on Parked JAL 787

There are reports this morning of a fire in the belly of an empty 787 at Boston Logan Airport this morning. That’s not great news for the greatest new plane of our generation. There have been plenty of setbacks, as well as some rumors that said, specifically, the FAA is one “major fire” away from grounding the 787. I have no idea if that’s true, completely unsubstantiated at this point. It’s also unclear if today’s incident would be categorized as a “major incident”. I was lucky enough to be on […]