Over the weekend, Donald Trump took a break from screaming at random reporters to tour Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. That's despite the fact that he tweeted (as, regrettably, he so often does) about never flying on the plane.
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In 2013, the troubled Boeing 787 Dreamliner was grounded for nearly four months because the plane's lithium-ion batteries caught fire. It's had at least three more cell failures since the plane was allowed to resume flying. While the Federal Aviation Administration dismisses these new failures, the fact that these battery malfunctions continue to happen is a big deal.
Wow. Watch the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner pull off an amazing aerial display in preparation for the 2015 Air Show. You can see the big bodied jet pretend it's like a stunt plane and basically do tricks in the air. The most impressive has to be the take off though, the jet almost immediately goes nearly perpendicular to the ground once it starts flying.
The Wall Street Journal reports that on Monday the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officially released its report on the mysterious battery fires that grounded Boeing's 787 Dreamliner fleet last year. And while it didn't identify what caused the actual short circuit, the NTSB puts the blame on a series of failures by Boeing, Japan's GS Yuasa Corp. — who supplied the 787's batteries — and even the FAA.
As a result of the $252 million half-year loss that Qantas has reported today, Australia's national carrier is making some big cutbacks. 5000 staff across the entire company are being made redundant, a bunch of flight schedules are being reconfigured, and over 50 new plane orders are being deferred indefinitely.
If Boeing was looking to 2014 as a fresh start for its constantly malfunctioning Dreamliner, that particular dream is almost certainly crushed by now. In addition to one of the plane's batteries malfunctioning (again) just a few days ago, a Norweigan's Airlines flight was cancelled yesterday after a passenger noticed that fuel was pouring from a valve on the plane's wing.