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Qatar Airways Grounds Its Boeing 787 Dreamliner For Same Problem Experienced on United Flight


Qatar Airways is none too pleased after being forced to ground one of its three Boeing 787 Dreamliners due to what appears to be faulty electrical wiring -- the same problem that recently prompted a United Airlines Dreamliner to make an emergency landing, according to QA's CEO.

"We will demand compensation (from Boeing)... we are buying planes from them to use them, not to put in a museum." Reuters explains:

He said the plane, which has been grounded since December 9, would not fly until next week after a Boeing team had repaired the fault.

Boeing said it was working to replace electrical components so the jet could return to service, but said it was not yet clear if the issue was identical to the one that affected the United flight last week.

On December 4, a brand new United Airlines (UAL.N) Dreamliner with 184 people aboard was forced to make an emergency landing after one of six power generators failed.

Boeing said its technicians "would evaluate the findings in Qatar to understand the root cause of this issue and take the appropriate next steps."

Qatar Airways, which received its first Boeing (BA.N) 787 Dreamliner earlier this month, has placed orders for 60 Dreamliners - 30 firm and an option for 30 more. It currently has a fleet of three 787 jets.

Al Baker did voice concerns over the fact that not one but two of the aircraft's seemed to have the same problem, indicating there may be a systemic problem with the manufacturer.

"Two aircraft having the same major problem so quickly is a cause of concern," he said. "Boeing need to get their act together because the delay of more than three years in delivery forced us to slow our expansion plans."

According to Reuters, Qatar Airways expects to acquire of two additional Dreamliners on December 19 with a  goal of building a fleet of 10 by the end of 2013. Originally, the airliner planned to procure 30 of the air-crafts but Al Baker said the industry is facing two difficult years ahead financially.


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