Review for Dreamliner
UNITED Airlines chief executive Jeff Smisek has welcomed a US review of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, while expressing confidence in the safety and reliability of the technologically advanced aircraft.
"Everyone wants to make sure the aircraft is not only safe but reliable, and I think it's a positive development," Mr Smisek said of a Federal Aviation Administration review announced in the US on Friday.
The FAA will make a "comprehensive" review of the electrical systems in Boeing's newest model jet following a series of incidents in recent weeks, including the diversion in early December of a New York-bound United Dreamliner from Houston after one of the plane's six electrical generators failed.
Days later, a 787 being delivered to Qatar Airways reported electrical problems.
Most problems have involved the electrical systems, but windshield cracks also have been reported and the FAA announced in December it was investigating for possible fuel leaks.
Michael Huerta, administrator of the FAA, said the Dreamliner was safe to fly but needed further inspection so the problems could be fixed.
He said the FAA had spent 200,000 hours certifying the new plane before it entered commercial service 15 months ago on All Nippon Airways.
The officials did not say how long the review would last, but the FAA did not order the Dreamliners grounded.