DUBAI, July 26 Qatar Airways said on Friday it
had taken one of its 787 Dreamliners out of service following
what it described as a "minor" technical issue.
The airline and Boeing, the airplane's manufacturer,
declined to give further details but industry sources said they
were treating seriously reports that the aircraft had been
grounded for days after a problem with an electrical panel.
According to web tracking service Flightaware, the aircraft,
registered as A7-BCB, has not flown since Sunday, an unsually
long downtime for a long-haul jet designed to save fuel bills.
Qatar Airways confirmed an aircraft had been taken out of
service, but said no flights had been cancelled as a result.
"This is a minor issue for us, and not an incident, so we
are not commenting," a spokeswoman said.
A spokeswoman for Boeing said, "We request that you channel
all your enquiries to Qatar Airways."
Two industry sources said smoke had been reported near an
electrical compartment while the jet was on the ground in Doha.
It was not clear whether passengers were on board at the time,
but the aircraft's next flight was carried out by another model.