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Investigation into Boeing's Dreamliner Shifts to Monitoring System

Duncan Chard/Bloomberg via Getty Images(TOKYO) -- The investigation into Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is now shifting from the battery maker to the company that manufactures its monitoring system.

On Monday, Japan's Transport Ministry said its inspectors and the Federal Aviation Administration found no problems with production at GS Yuasa.  The company's lithium-ion batteries have been at the center of an investigation into one of Boeing's grounded Dreamliners, until now.

Now, inspectors are checking the system that monitors the battery's voltage and temperature.

Thousands of Dreamliners remain grounded indefinitely.

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FAA, Boeing and NTSB Reps in Japan for 787 Dreamliner Investigation

Duncan Chard/Bloomberg via Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and Boeing arrived in Japan on Friday to join the investigation into the 787 Dreamliner that made an emergency landing earlier this week.

The lithium-ion battery inside All Nippon Airline's Boeing Dreamliner leaked so much electrolyte, it weighed 10 pounds lighter than normal.  The casing, meanwhile, was so swollen, it expanded nearly an inch.

Now, Japan's Transport Safety Board says it's investigating why the battery overheated and burned, forcing the Dreamliner to make an emergency landing on Wednesday.  

Dozens of 787 planes and thousands of passengers remain grounded until their investigation is completed.

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Two Japanese Airlines Ground 787 Dreamliners After Latest Mishap

Matt Hosford/ABC News(TOKYO) -- Two Japanese airliners have grounded their Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes after a jet was forced to make an emergency landing on Wednesday, prompting more concerns as a recent string of mishaps continues to plague the new fleet.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) said a battery warning light and a burning smell were detected in the cockpit and the cabin, forcing the Dreamliner to land at Takamatsu Airport in Japan earlier Wednesday.

The domestic flight landed safely about 45 minutes after it took off and all 128 passengers and eight crew members had to evacuate using the emergency chutes.  Two people sustained minor injuries on their way down the chute, Osamu Shinobe, ANA's senior executive vice president, told a news conference in Tokyo.

ANA and its rival -- Japan Airlines (JAL) -- subsequently grounded their Dreamliner fleets.  ANA operates 17 of Boeing's Dreamliner planes, while JAL has seven 787s in service.

Both airliners say the Dreamliner fleet will remain grounded at least through Thursday.

ANA said the battery in question during Wednesday's incident was the same lithium-ion type battery that caught fire on board the JAL Dreamliner in Boston last week.  Inspectors found liquid leaking from the battery on Wednesday, and said it was "discolored."

Japan's transport ministry categorized the problem as a "serious incident" that could have led to an accident.  

John Hansman, MIT professor of aeronautics and astronautics, said, "If this was an actual fire, that's a major problem.  And it would be a major problem even if nothing happened over the past week."

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that it is "monitoring a preliminary report of an incident in Japan earlier today [Wednesday] involving a Boeing 787."

After the latest incident, Boeing said, "We will be working with our customer and the appropriate regulatory agencies."

Both the FAA and Boeing will send representatives to Japan.  The National Transportation Safety Board also said it will send an investigator to the scene.

The Japanese Transport Ministry dispatched its own inspectors to Takamatsu Airport on Wednesday.  A spokesman said the Transport Safety Board and Civil Aviation Bureau will conduct separate investigations.

The FAA ordered a comprehensive review of the plane's design in a news conference on Jan. 11 with Boeing.  But the agency assured the public that the 787s were safe to continue flying while they looked into the fleet's design and safety measures.

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Ahmadinejad’s Plane Made in America, Parked at Andrews AFB

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) -- Here’s something you don’t see every day.

At Joint Base Andrews Wednesday morning, reporters traveling to Ohio with President Obama spotted what is in all likelihood Iranian President Mahmoud Amadinejad’s airplane sitting on the tarmac: an American-made Boeing 747.

The Iran Air jet was parked next to the Russian government airplane and several others that appeared to be from foreign governments.  Andrews becomes a parking lot for the planes during the annual U.N. General Assembly since there is not enough space at John F. Kennedy International Airport and other New York City area airports.

It’s not the first time Ahmadinejad’s plane has been parked at Andrews during the Assembly: In 2006, ABC News reported it was there because it was considered a “high-value target.”

Iran has an entire fleet of aging Boeing passenger planes, which they purchased when the Shah was still in power.  Current U.S. sanctions do not allow the Iranians to buy spare parts for the aircraft, meaning a lot of these passenger planes are dropping out of the sky.  That has lead to some criticism of the sanctions because they put innocent lives at risk.

The Obama administration has dangled spare parts for the Boeings in front of Iran during negotiations over its nuclear program.

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Qantas Pulls Order for 35 Boeing Dreamliner Jets

Qantas(NEW YORK) -- Plotting a course through tough economic times, Qantas Airways has delivered a big blow to airline manufacturer Boeing by cancelling dozens of its new Dreamliner passenger jets.

"Given lower growth requirement in this uncertain global context, firm commitments for 35 B787-9s will be cancelled," Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said.

Those planes would be worth around $8.5 billion at "list prices."  So for now, the Australian carrier plans to stick with an older fleet for longer.

For the first time ever, Qantas has reported a $257 million annual loss -- that's going back to when it went private in 1995.

The airline, nicknamed the "Flying Kangaroo," has been hit by rising fuel prices and a series of strikes.

"Clearly we confront very difficult and uncertain trading conditions in Britain, Europe and the United States.  The fuel price is also uncertain.  The high Australian dollar will continue to create ripple effects throughout Australia as retail, manufacturing and tourism adjusts," Joyce said.

He insisted that transformation at the airline is on track, and that the goal "is to return it to profit and ensure it remains Australia's iconic flagship carrier."

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Dozens of Boeing Planes Headed to Iraq

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- One of the many casualties of the long war in Iraq was the shuttering of its commercial aviation operations.

However, the industry could be up and flying again, with reports that 40 Boeing commercial airplanes will soon be on their way to Iraq.

Iraq's state-run TV channel says "batches of the 40 American Boeing 738, 787 airplanes" will arrive by the end of 2012, according to an official with the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation.

Iraq has already received six of 10 commercial jets from Canada's Bombardier company, with the remaining four due in the next few months.

Deals signed with Boeing for $5 billion and Bombardier should be a boon for Iraqi Airways, which is one of the Middle East's oldest airline carriers.

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Obama Touts Job-Creating Potential of Boeing Indonesia Deal

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(BALI, Indonesia) -- Hailing the deal as a “remarkable example” of the commercial opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region, President Obama touted a new agreement between Boeing and an Indonesian company, claiming it will create more than 100,000 jobs in the United States.

“For the last several days, I’ve been talking about how we have to make sure that we’ve got a presence in this region, that it can result directly in jobs at home.  And what we see here -- a multi-billion-dollar deal between Lion Air, one of the fastest-growing airlines not just in the region, but in the world, and Boeing -- is going to result in over 100,000 jobs back in the United States of America, over a long period of time,” Obama said Thursday morning at a signing ceremony between the two companies in Bali, Indonesia, where the president is meeting with East Asian leaders.

Lion Air has agreed to purchase 230 Boeing airplanes at a list price of $21.7 billion, marking the largest commercial airplane agreement ever for Boeing.

The White House has been eager to show the job-creating potential of investments in the Asia-Pacific region during the president’s nine-day trip to Hawaii, Australia and Indonesia.

“This is a remarkable example of the trade investment and commercial opportunities that exist in the Asia Pacific region,” the president said.

“I want to congratulate Boeing for making outstanding planes, including the one that I fly on,” the president joked. “And this is an example of a win-win situation, where the people of the region are going to be able to benefit from an outstanding airline and our workers back home are going to be able to have job security and be able to produce an outstanding product made in America.”

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FAA: New Boeing Dreamliner Ready for Flights After Years of Delays

Stuart Isett/Bloomberg via Getty Images(EVERETT, Wash.) -- The Japanese will be the first to fly the long awaited Boeing 787, also called the Dreamliner.  The Federal Aviation Administration says the new aircraft is finally ready for flight.  

Boeing has dealt with years of delays on the project.  But now after months of testing, the new fuel-efficient plane can be delivered to customers.  

"The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an incredible technological achievement -- one that sets a new standard for innovation," U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Friday.  "The new engine technology is fuel-efficient and reduces noise, minimizing the impact on the environment."

LaHood added that the aircraft's eco-friendly innovations are key to achieving NextGen goals.  

The plane will use 20 percent less fuel and is the world's first major airliner to use composite materials for most of its construction, Boeing says.

Boeing has 827 orders for the Dreamliner, but the first will go to Japanese airline -- ANA, which will operate the world's first Dreamliner commercial flights on Oct. 26 and 27.

The aircraft is scheduled to complete its first regular international route beginning in December between Haneda and Beijing.  Regular long-haul international routes from Haneda to Frankfurt will start in January 2012.  Regular domestic service in Japan for ANA Dreamliner flights will begin Nov. 1.

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