Top federal transportation regulators and Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner announced a broad and unusual review of the 787 Dreamliner’s systems Friday morning, but they insisted the plane is safe and has performed well.
In a press conference in Washington, D.C., Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Michael Huerta said the review, prompted by a series of electrical incidents including two fires, will cover the design, production and manufacturing of the new airplane, “focusing on the electrical system as the highest priority.”
“We will bring whatever technical resources are necessary,” said Huerta, “developing a complete picture of these incidents and taking whateever action is necessary.”
Despite the mishaps, Hood said officials are convinced there is no danger in flying the planes. “I would have absolutely no reservations in boarding one of these and taking a flight. These planes are safe,” he said.
Conner said the company will work closely with the FAA review team. He also said that the incidents have demonstrated the plane’s back-up systems are working well.
“Once these incidents have happened the airplane has performed exactly as designed. The redundancies we have built in to this plane are incredible.”
Still, he acknowledged, “it’s unfortunate that our customers are having to deal with this, and we feel bad about that.”