Eight Boeing Dreamliners grounded after Boeing finds 'flaws' in fuselage

Thankfully none of Air NZ's fleet is believed to be affected.
Thankfully none of Air NZ's fleet is believed to be affected. Photo credit: Getty.

A number of airlines operating Boeing 787 Dreamliners have had to remove the aircraft from service after the plane manufacturer confirmed it had identified two distinct manufacturing issues in the fuselage section.

Boeing said on Friday it had begun a review to find the root cause and has notified the US Federal Aviation Administration.

"We immediately contacted the airlines that operate the eight affected airplanes to notify them of the situation and the airplanes have been temporarily removed from service until they can be repaired," Boeing spokesman Peter Pedraza said.

United Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Air Canada are understood to be impacted by the impromptu grounding. It is believed none of the eight affected aircraft belong to Air New Zealand.

United Airlines said it has one of the affected Dreamliners and that the jet is not in service, while Singapore Airlines said one of its Boeing 787-10s was affected by the technical issue.

"The aircraft is not in service and we will work closely with Boeing on a solution," a Singapore Airlines spokesperson told Reuters.

The Dreamliner issue is the latest setback during what has been a disastrous couple of years for the manufacturer.

The entire Boeing 737 MAX fleet remains grounded after two similar crashes just months apart killed 346 people in 2018 and 2019.