Boeing Troubles: First It Was Fire, Now It’s Ice


Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA) just can’t seem to catch a break as new problems aboard its 747-8 and 787 Dreamliner jets led the planemaker to warn of engine icing risks on Friday. Boeing recommended that 15 carriers avoid flying near high-level thunderstorms if the plane has a General Electric (NYSE:GE) GEnx engine, Reuters reports.

Immediately following the announcement, Japan Airlines suspended its 787 Dreamliners from two international routes while Lufthansa, United Airlines, an arm of United Continental Holdings (NYSE:UAL), and Cathay Pacific Airlines are also reported to be affected by the engine issue. A Boeing spokesman said, ”Boeing and JAL share a commitment to the safety of passengers and crews on board our airplanes. We respect JAL’s decision to suspend some 787 service on specific routes.”

In a statement on Saturday, Japan Airlines announced that it would replace 787s on flights between Tokyo and Delhi with 777s starting November 25. Additionally, it will switch from the 787 to the 767 on its Tokyo-Singapore route. Yuichi Kitada, a general manager in Japan Airline’s engineering department, said “There may be cases where we wouldn’t be able to go all the way round the cloud formation and we’d have to turn back,” adding that, “We’re at the first step of discussing a solution to this problem with Boeing and GE.”