By Tim Hepher
DUBLIN Jan 23 Boeing Co apologized to
airlines on Wednesday for disruptions caused by the grounding of
its 787 Dreamliner fleet and pledged to restore confidence in
its newest passenger jet following a series of incidents that
led to a U.S. safety investigation and flight ban.
Mike Sinnett, chief project engineer for the Boeing 787
program, said the company remained confident in the safety of
the plane, which was grounded worldwide by regulators last week
over potential fire risk following two incidents involving its
Sinnett was speaking to an aviation conference in Dublin,
which was closed to the media. A recording of his remarks was
supplied to Reuters.
"I can't really say anything about the timeframe of the
investigation. The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board)
is really the only authorized authority in the U.S. to talk
about this investigation and they made some recent statements,
but I can't speculate on timeframe," Sinnett said.
"Our commitment to our customers remains that we'll resolve
the issue as quickly as can and reduce as much as possible
amount of disruption," he added.