at 4:10pm by Joe Copeland
People who fly on the new 787s tend to rave about them: sleek, modern amenities (it feels like they know what devices you will carry and want to use, a relative says), maybe even a little more comfortable. But there's a narrative developing around electrical problems, and today a 787 caught fire while parked at Boston's Logan Airport, according to reports by Associated Press and others. A Bloomberg story sums up the concerns in striking fashion:
Boeing's newest model has been plagued by incidents since it entered commercial service in late 2011 and suffered an electrical fire that grounded the test fleet in 2010. The Dreamliner is the first jet with a fuselage made chiefly of composite materials instead of aluminum and has more electrically operated systems than other airliners.
"Anything that involves a fire does not get the luxury of being called a teething problem," Carter Leake, an analyst at BB&T Capital Markets in Richmond, Va., said by telephone. "Boeing needs to get ahead of this quickly, because now you run the risk of getting into a passenger aversion issue."The Associated Press account is, at last check anyway, less dramatic than Bloomberg's, so this may require some time to be assessed. At Logan, all the passengers had already exited from a Tokyo-Boston flight.