I am flying internationally from Florida to Gatwick, London for the first time. I leave in about a month's time and have been researching Boeing 787 and found some pretty freaky information.
I read that the planes are prone to windshield cracks, battery malfunctions and read about something with fires.
I also read that if they get struck by lightning as they aren't made out of the correct lightning defective material.
They have been fixing 40 planes that have had hairline cracks in the wings? I am going to be on this flight for 9 hours.
I am freaking out!
I have not heard of all the freaky information (especially the windshield cracks and incorrect lightning materials issues) that you have mentioned except for the battery overheating stories.
Yes, the plane was grounded for more than three months in 2013 after its batteries were found overheating. Additionally I have also heard about mishaps with brakes, fuel lines, electrical panels, hydraulics and other systems - something, I believe, are expected from any new planes coming into the market.
A joint review by Boeing and the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), claimed that the Boeing 787 is soundly designed and safe to fly. Boeing said they have redesigned the battery, charger and containment system to ensure battery fires would not put the plane at risk.
However, the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) doesn’t think the Boeing 787 is safe enough to fly. The NTSB only investigates but does not regulate like the FAA. So there is still some conflict between these two bodies!
Up to 31 July 2014, they were 1057 orders for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 170 planes have been flying with airlines across the world due to its innovations such the airy and spacious cabin, its large windows and cutting-edge entertainment technology.
In my opinion, the plane is safe to fly and I will not hesitate to board this plane anytime! It could be a one of the successful medium sized long-haul plane in the future.
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