Is Boeing’s 787 in Danger of Another Investigation?
“United flight 94 from Houston to Denver returned to Houston Sunday due to a brake indicator issue,” the United said. “Following standard operating procedures, as a precautionary measure, the flight landed in emergency status. The aircraft landed safely at 11:58am and our maintenance team is conducting a review of the aircraft.”
According to Sky News, this was the second United Airlines flight in a week that had to land prematurely over concerns with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Earlier this week a flight scheduled to fly from Denver to Tokyo was grounded in Seattle after an oil filter problem was discovered.
A Boeing spokeswoman commented that the latest malfunctioned aircraft was being taken “back to base,” without giving details of the malfunction or how long it might take to repair it.
The entire 787 fleet was grounded in January after a battery problem caused a fire near the engine. The fleet sat idly for four months while the investigation took place.
This is even more untimely due to the fact that Boeing last week announced that it had secured orders worth $30 billion for its 787-10 jet, set to come out in 2018. Air Lease Corporation (NYSE:AL), GE Capital Aviation Services (NYSE:GE), International Consolidated Airlines Group (ICAGY), Singapore Airlines, and United Airlines (NYSE:UAL) may want to reconsider their future Boeing purchases. United, in particular, has strong reason to demand a refund for their purchase of the 787-10, of which they bought 20.
In order to prevent companies from seeking refunds, not to mention the looming possibility of another investigation into its 787 fleet, Boeing may want to divert its resources away from the new 787-10 fleet and focus on maintaining those already in the market.
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