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Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner leaks fuel again

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Chicago-based Boeing Airlines continues to cope with additional reports of problems in connection with its new 787 Dreamliner jets. The latest incident was reported by Japan Airlines Sunday in Tokyo.

Last week, one plane leaked 40 gallons of fuel onto a runway at Boston's Logan International Airport. It was taxiing for takeoff on a flight to Toyko.

Japan Airlines reported Sunday that the same Dreamliner was found to be leaking again - this time, as it was tested in Tokyo. About 26 gallons of fuel were found leaking during an inspection there.


It's just the latest headache surrounding Boeing's newest and most high-tech airplane.


Japan Airlines is one of Boeing's top customers. It has had the two fuel leaks, a cracked cockpit window, computer problems and a fire blamed on a lithium-ion battery pack.


The FAA, working with Boeing, launched an investigation Friday into the design and production of the 787.

The FAA said the plane is safe to fly, and so do some flight safety experts.

"New airliners all have operational issues that crop up in their first months of operation," Kevin Hiatt with the Flight Safety Foundation said. "But this airplane is built so well with a lot of redundant systems that it's really no serious concern - except for the APU battery situation, which we've got the NTSB taking a look at. So I believe that it's going to be okay to fly."

Boeing has been headquartered in Chicago since 2001.

The company employs about 175,000 workers, about half of which help build commercial jetliners at plants in Washington State. Several hundred employees work at the corporate headquarters here.


The company's stock dropped by two and half percent on Friday. The company said that it stands behind the new 787 one hundred percent.

Some passengers are looking forward to flying on the new jets.

"I'm really not concerned about the safety issues," Adam Welch said. "I was only concerned about having the opportunity to fly on it."

Right now, eight airlines are using 50 of the new Dreamliners. The 787s have a big advantage over earlier models when it comes to fuel efficiency.

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