First Boeing 787 commercial aircraft damaged by airline

The first ever completed and delivered Boeing 787 aircraft has already been damaged in the field. According to Flightglobal, the incident took place while the aircraft was being towed near a jetbridge and resulted in damage to the cowling around one of the engines. With the damage only skin deep, however, the airline put the aircraft back into testing for the scheduled commercial launch later this month.

All Nippon Airways is the first delivery partner for the new Boeing Dreamliner, and they’re expected to receive a total of 55 aircraft over the next few years. With a new aircraft footprint and a range of other features to the new technology it’s expected that there will be teething problems with getting the Dreamliner fully integrated into operation. Hopefully this minor damage is the extent of the challenge.

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