Carriers back Dreamliner after a fire on Ethiopian Airlines plane

City A.M. Reporter
AIRLINES yesterday expressed confidence in the safety of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner as investigators searched for the cause of a fire on one of the new jets.

Officials said initial checks into what they called a serious incident appeared to rule out any link to the battery-related problems that grounded the Dreamliner fleet for three months earlier this year.

The fire on the Ethiopian Airlines plane at Heathrow Airport and a separate technical problem on a 787 owned by Thomson Airways on Friday raised new questions about the aircraft.

“We want to reassure our customers that we have every confidence in this aircraft and would never operate it if we weren’t 100 per cent sure of its safety,” TUI Travel said.

Virgin Atlantic said it remained committed to taking delivery of 16 of the planes from autumn 2014.

Polish flag carrier LOT said it was in constant contact with Boeing.