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Monday, December 17, 2012

Boeing CEO: 787 Dreamliner Has ‘Normal Number of Squawks'

Boeing CEO and Chairman Jim McNerney addressed the recent engine issues that have been identified by FAA and Boeing customers on the 787 Dreamliner, during a recent interview on CNBC.

“I think we're having what we would consider the normal number of squawks on a new airplane consistent with other new airplanes we've introduced. This is an issue we're chasing down,” said McNerney. He was responding to the reporter's question about recent critical comments from Qatar Airways, after being forced to ground its new 787 due to a malfunctioning generator.

In July, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated an engine failure that occurred on a 787 during preflight runway testing in South Carolina, and found the failure was the result of a fractured fan on the engine mid-shaft. FAA recently issued an airworthiness directive (AD) requiring Boeing to inspect all in-service 787s for fuel leaks.

Boeing issued an email statement regarding the recently issued AD from FAA regarding 787 fuel leaks, stating that all of the inspections have been complete and were recommended by Boeing prior to the agency issuing the AD. More 

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