Boeing Focused on Making 787s More Reliable


Boeing Co is focused on making its 787 Dreamliners, which have faced recent scrutiny in the wake of problems, more reliable, a senior executive said on Monday.

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"Clearly we've had some challenges on 787 reliability and we're focussed on making that reliability better," Boeing Commercial Airplanes marketing vice president Randy Tinseth said at a press conference in Chile's capital Santiago.

Tinseth described the issues surrounding the 787s as a "teething problem, not systemic."

Over the weekend, budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA grounded a brand new 787 Dreamliner and demanded that Boeing repair it after it suffered repeated breakdowns.

The problem followed a string of electrical and other safety issues that have afflicted the Dreamliner, including battery meltdowns that prompted regulators to ban the long-haul jetliner from flight for more than three months this year.