Remembering the first commercial Boeing 787 flight

Weekend Special | October 26, 2019
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner was like no other aircraft at the time – built from composites, the wide-body aircraft promised exceptional performance and operational economics to potential customers. Yet the same customers were, rightfully so, annoyed with it.
State-owned South African Airways (SAA) and Comair have had to ground some of their aircraft for compliance checks after irregularities were discovered during inspection at SAA’s maintenance subsidiary. In total, four airlines have been affected by the simultaneous aircraft groundings and the resulting flight disruptions, including SAA’s low-cost subsidiary Mango Airlines as well as Comair’s budget brand Kulula and flights operated on part of British Airways. While the nature of irregularities remains clouded and questionable, the flight cancellations are indeed real, as is the controversy surrounding SAA’s maintenance unit, which services both the flag carrier and Comair. 
During a very eventful week for Boeing, the manufacturer has announced its latest financial results for Q3 2019, including an update on the grounded 737 MAX.
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