AP Television - AP Clients Only
Chicago, Illinois - Jan. 16, 2013
1. SOUNDBITE: Frank Joost / Region
"My name is Frank Joost, I'm the regional sales director here in the United States. Obviously we have invited you here today for a showing of our brand new airplane, which as you heard from very recent news, the plane is still arriving on time. We have no indication of any cancellation at this point. Of course the FAA as you have all heard has grounded the U.S. registered planes, there's a lot of activity going on now with a number of authorities at our head office, but at this point I regret having to inform you that we have to cancel up activities behind the scenes, the ribbon cutting, we just don't feel it's appropriate at this moment to go forward with an event that is supposed to display something different than what the FAA and what is currently happening in the media."
2. SOUNDBITE: Ewa Potoczak/Deerfield, Illinois:
"Yes, I know that they cancelled the flight because they had a few fires on the planes, and we were wondering about that. We got some message like in the afternoon that there was another fire, so we were checking, and eventually, I guess they cancelled."
3. SOUNDBITE: Ewa Potoczak/Deerfield, Illinois:
Its my husband that is flying, and I really don't want to take any risk. I'd rather have him fly either tomorrow or take some flight tonight by different airplane lines, than put him in the risk of anythg happening here."
The federal government grounded Boeing's newest and most technologically advanced jetliner Wednesday, declaring that U.S. airlines cannot fly the 787 again until the risk of battery fires is addressed.
The Federal Aviation Administration's emergency order affects only United Airlines, the lone U.S. carrier to operate 787s. United said it would put passengers on other aircraft and work closely with the FAA and Boeing to review its fleet of six Dreamliners.
The FAA action came on the same day that Japan's two biggest airlines _ which fly almost half of the world's 50 787s _ voluntarily grounded them pending full safety checks.
Boeing said it was working around the clock with investigators.
The FAA decision was another setback for a plane that was supposed to establish a new standard for jet travel but has instead been beset by one mishap after another.
The 787 is the first plane to make extensive use of lithium-ion batteries, which have been the focus of concerns in the past for their potential to catch fire. The FAA issued a special rule for their use in the 787. The plane has two batteries _ the main one near the front and a second one in the rear.
Boeing and the airlines will need to move quickly to determine whether the problem is a flaw in the batteries themselves, in the plane's wiring or in some other area that's fundamental to the plane's electrical system.
Boeing has booked orders for more than 800 of the planes from airlines around the world attracted by its increased fuel efficiency.