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Birth, flight and grounding of Boeing's Dreamliner

Last updated on: January 18, 2013 11:22 IST

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The United States's federal agency has grounded the Boeing 787, popularly known as Dreamliner, due to safety hazard. Such a directive to 'temporarily cease operations' comes after the US Federal Aviation Authority conducted an investigation of an in-flight Boeing 787 battery incident in Japan on Wednesday, which posed a question on a potential battery fire risk in the 787.

"Before further flight, operators of US-registered, Boeing 787 aircraft must demonstrate to the Federal Aviation Administration that the batteries are safe," the FAA said in a statement.

Let's take a look at the birth, flight and grounding of Dreamliner, a long-range, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Its variants seat 210 to 290 passengers.

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Image: Boeing 777, top, and 787 Dreamliner are seen in this photograph from Air Canada.
Photographs: Handout/Reuters

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Final assembly of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes place at the company's Everett, Washington plant.

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Photographs: Robert Sorbo/Reuters

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Engineering flight deck simulator is shown during a media tour of Boeing's engineering labs in Seattle.

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Photographs: Robert Sorbo/Reuters

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Aircraft flight information is shown on a heads-up display in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Engineering flight deck simulator during a media tour of Boeing's engineering labs in Seattle.

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Photographs: Robert Sorbo/Reuters

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Boeing employees work on interior assembly of 787 Dreamliner at the company's plant in Everett, Washington.

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Photographs: Robert Sorbo/Reuters

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Boeing aircraft maintenance technician Bill Lucyk works on the underside of the first 787 Dreamliner as it's readied for it's first test flight at the Boeing company's Everett plant.

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Photographs: Robert Sorbo/Reuters

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A Boeing worker works on the wing of a 787 Dreamliner during final assembly at the company's Everett, Washington plant.

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Photographs: Robert Sorbo/Reuters

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Final assembly takes place on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger planes at the company's Everett, Washington plant.

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Photographs: Robert Sorbo/Reuters

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Boeing company's first 787 Dreamliner is readied for its first test flight, scheduled for June, at the Boeing company's Everett, Washington plant.

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Photographs: Robert Sorbo/Reuters

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Final assembly takes place on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger planes at the company's Everett, Washington plant.

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Photographs: Robert Sorbo/Reuters

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A Qantas A380 arrives at its gate at Kingsford Smith International airport in Sydney.

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Photographs: Daniel Munoz/Reuters

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off on its maiden flight at Paine Field, Washington.

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Photographs: Daniel Munoz/Reuters

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off on its maiden flight at Paine Field, Washington.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off on its maiden flight at Paine Field, Washington.

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Photographs: Robert Sorbo/Reuters

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off on its maiden flight at Paine Field, Washington.

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Model Daniella Lineker stands in front of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at Farnborough airport in Farnborough, southern England.

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Photographs: Kieran Doherty/Reuters

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Economy-class cabin of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is lit with rainbow coloured LED lighting during an media tour of the aircraft ahead of the Singapore Airshow.

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Photographs: Edgar Su/Reuters

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View of business-class cabin seats during media tour of Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Singapore.

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Photographs: Edgar Su/Reuters

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View of the overhead pilots' rest compartment during a media tour of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Singapore.

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Washroom of Boeing 787 Dreamliner is lit up with LED lighting during demonstration flight of aircraft at Singapore Airshow in Singapore.

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People look at the landing gear of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner aircraft at an Air Canada hangar at Pearson Toronto International Airport.

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Photographs: Mark Blinch/Reuters

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A flight attendant in the business-class cabin of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Heathrow Airport, west London.

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Photographs: Andrew Winning/Reuters

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All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner is greeted by water canons while being directed to gate after arriving from Tokyo at San Jose International Airport in San Jose, United States.

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Photographs: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

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A flight attendant passes a parked Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft after its first official landing at the Vienna airport.

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Photographs: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

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A front view of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at the Vienna airport, Austria.

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Photographs: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

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Luggage is loaded onto an All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner prior to its departure to Tokyo from San Jose International Airport in San Jose, United States.

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Photographs: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

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An All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off in San Jose International Airport for Tokyo in San Jose, United States.

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Photographs: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

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Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner taxis after arriving on it's inaugural flight to Heathrow Airport, west London.

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Air hostesses walk next to a parked Air India's Boeing 787 Dreamliner upon its arrival at the airport in New Delhi.

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Photographs: Mansi Thapliyal/Reuters

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Air India's Boeing 787 Dreamliner is been given a traditional water cannon salute by the fire tenders upon its arrival at the airport in New Delhi.


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