Boeing interrupts Dreamliner deliveries after battery incident

Posted on 21 Jan 2013

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing will not deliver any more 787 Dreamliners until a battery problem, which forced a All Nippon Airways pilot to perform an emergency landing last week, is solved.

Every 787 currently in use has been grounded after the incident, which is being investigated by Boeing and the US Federal Aviation Administration.

Boeing announced that production of the aircraft will continue, while deliveries have been suspended.

A company spokesperson said: “We will not deliver 787s until the Federal Aviation Administration approves a means of compliance with their recent Airworthiness Directive concerning batteries and the approved approach has been implemented.”

The new aircraft entered service in late 2011, but it has since then experienced a number of incidents – including brake issues, a cracked cockpit window, fuel leaks and an electrical dire – that have cast doubts on its performance.