Newly delivered Boeing 787 Dreamliner's landing gear malfunctions
The world’s first Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner is being checked out for an issue with its landing gear less than two weeks after the new aircraft embarked on its maiden passenger flight for carrier All Nippon Airways.
The airline’s pilots had to manually deploy the Dreamliner’s landing gear after the automated system did not engage, the company said. The incident occurred on a Sunday morning flight when the plane was approaching Okayama Airport in western Japan from Haneda Airport in Tokyo.
Nao Gunji, an All Nippon spokeswoman, said the problem has been linked to a hydraulic valve. The airline is working with Chicago-based Boeing to address the issue.
The Dreamliner is an all-new commercial jetliner that Boeing says is the most advanced, fuel-stingy passenger jet ever made. It features a suite of new technologies, such as the largest windows on a commercial jetliner and an extensive use of strong, lightweight carbon composites rather than sheets of aluminum.
When the aircraft was first delivered to All Nippon on Sept. 26 it was more than three years late because of design problems and supplier issues. It took off on its first passenger flight a month later, on Oct. 26, from Narita, Japan, to Hong Kong on a four-hour charter trip.
The Dreamliner, which will seat 210 to 290 passengers, is the first new class of aircraft launched by Boeing since the 777 in 1995.
There are more than 800 orders for the Dreamliner from airlines and aircraft leasing firms around the world.
-- W.J. Hennigan
Photo: All Nippon Airways' Boeing 787 Dreamliner comes in for a landing at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Sept. 28. Credit: Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP/Getty Images