15 January 2013
15 January 2013
Boeing has released a statement saying it is confident in the design and performance of the 787 describing it as a safe and efficient airplane that brings tremendous value to its customers and an improved flying experience to their passengers.
According to Boeing, the airplane has logged 50,000 hours of flight and there are more than 150 flights occurring daily. It says its in-service performance is on par with the industry's best-ever introduction into service – the Boeing 777. Like the 777, at 15 months of service, we are seeing the 787's fleet wide dispatch reliability well above 90 percent.
More than a year ago, Boeing reported that the 787 completed a robust and rigorous certification process and it remains fully confident in the airplane's design and production system.
Regular reviews of program and technical progress are an important part of the validation and oversight process that has created today's safe and efficient air transportation system. While Boeing claims the 787's reliability is on par with the best in class, Boeing has experienced in-service issues in recent months and for this reason it has started a review of the 787's recent issues and critical systems along with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Boeing claims that it is confident in the regulatory process that has been applied to the 787 since its design inception.
In further news, Boeing has announced the purchase of a building in Salt Lake County, Utah, USA, which will focus on fabrication of composite horizontal stabilizer components for the 787-9.
The use of composites within the rail industry is predicted to grow by up to 40% between 2015 and 2020 according to the Composites Leadership Forum, reports Fibrelite, a UK manufacturer of composite trench covers.
Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC) has been awarded a contract to produce the first composite ramps and bridgeplates for Amtrak.