24 Nov 2013

Airlines warned about ice risk on new 787 Dreamliners

2:03 pm on 24 November 2013

Fifteen airlines have been warned about the risk of ice forming on Boeing's new 747-8 and 787 Dreamliner planes.

There have been six incidents since April when aircraft powered by General Electric engines lost power at high altitude.

The BBC reports the Boeing 747-8 series and the new 787 Dreamliner are the only types of aircraft affected by high-altitude icing.

The warning issued by Boeing says aircraft with GEnx engines must not be flown within 50 nautical miles of thunderstorms that may contain ice crystals.

Japan Airlines has cancelled two international routes: the Tokyo-Delhi and Tokyo-Singapore routes.

The 787 Dreamliner has had a series of technical and safety problems in recent months. In January, its entire fleet was temporarily grounded.

Boeing has received orders for more than 1000 jets since its launch. Last month, it announced plans to raise production of the 787 Dreamliner to 12 per month by 2016.