A parked Boeing 787 Dreamliner owned by Ethiopian Airlines caught fire at London Heathrow airport on Friday, sparking an investigation just 11 weeks after regulators ended a worldwide grounding of the same type of aircraft.
The cause of the fire was not immediately clear, but images showed the damage in a different part of the aircraft from bays where burning batteries had triggered the four-month grounding. Other operators said they would continue flying the 787, the world's first passenger jet built mainly from carbon-composites.
Boeing has delivered 68 Dreamliners to 13 airlines.In total, it has sold 930 of the lightweight carbon-plastic jets, which have an average list price around $250 million.Orders include 519 of the 210-250-seat 787-8 model, which entered service in 2011 and is so far the only type flying. A larger 250-290-seat version, the 787-9 Dreamliner, is expected to make its maiden flight later this year.
Last month, Boeing launched a 323-seat version known as the 787-10 with 80 new orders. It will enter service in 2018-19. European rival Airbus has begun flight trials of a competing carbon-composite jet, the A350.