20 Jan 2013

Dreamliner problems not expected to affect Air NZ order

12:44 pm on 20 January 2013

Air New Zealand says its order of 787 Dreamliner jets will not be affected despite safety checks which have halted deliveries of the Boeing planes.

US and Japanese aviation safety officials finished an initial investigation of a badly damaged battery from Dreamliner on Friday, as Boeing said it was halting deliveries until the battery concerns were resolved.

Boeing said it would continue building the 787 but suspended deliveries until the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved and implemented a plan to ensure the safety of potentially flammable lithium-ion batteries.

All 50 Dreamliners in service around the world have been grounded while safety tests are carried out, following the emergency landing of a Japanese airliner because of a fault.

The planes have run into other problems including fuel leaks, a cracked cockpit window, brake problems and an electrical fire.

Air New Zealand says it still expects its Dreamliners to arrive on schedule in the second quarter of next year.