787 technical issues

Old Apr 29, 2024, 3:55 pm
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787 technical issues

My family and I flew DEN-LHR on April 19 and LHR-DEN on the 27th. Both of our 787 flights were impacted by technical issues, causing a combined 4 hours worth of delays. They didn’t get into the nature of the technical issues, so I’m wondering if they are just being extremely cautious right now with the Dreamliner fleet because of the issues at Boeing, or if there’s more going on. We are a little bit spooked, but we are glad we made it home.

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Old Apr 29, 2024, 4:09 pm
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They couldn't be impacted by 777 or 767 technical issues if they're operated by 787 equipment.
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Old Apr 29, 2024, 4:13 pm
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I've been flying the 787 way more than previous years based on where my business travels are taking me and, whether I've been lucky or not, haven't had any delays due to mechanical.

Chalk to up to bad luck.
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Old Apr 29, 2024, 4:29 pm
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Originally Posted by avi8tir
I've been flying the 787 way more than previous years based on where my business travels are taking me and, whether I've been lucky or not, haven't had any delays due to mechanical.

Chalk to up to bad luck.
Yeah, I’ve just had bad luck with my last couple trips on UA. Our most recent trip before this one was impacted by some 777s being removed from service for inspection.
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Old Apr 29, 2024, 4:36 pm
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It would be good if a pilot could chip in here: is United erring (however slightly) on the side of caution because of all the recent adverse publicity concerning safety?
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Old Apr 29, 2024, 4:47 pm
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It’s normal. Across my *A flying UA has by far the highest rate of maintenance delays and cancellations, by a wide margin.
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Old Apr 29, 2024, 5:09 pm
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Originally Posted by cfischer
Its normal. Across my *A flying UA has by far the highest rate of maintenance delays and cancellations, by a wide margin.
I have wondered the same thing. In 2018/19, I did a similar amount of back-to-back traveling on UA. On about 150 segments, I only recall a handful, maybe a dozen or two, mechanical delay, one of which resulted in a cancellation. Since October, the rate has much more than doubled.
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Old Apr 29, 2024, 6:05 pm
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They couldn't be impacted by 777 or 767 technical issues if they're operated by 787 equipment.
in theory, they actually could be impacted if a 767 or 777 with technical issues was swapped out for a 787. I wonder if thats ever actually happened.
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Old Apr 29, 2024, 6:49 pm
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It would be good if a pilot could chip in here: is United erring (however slightly) on the side of caution because of all the recent adverse publicity concerning safety?
No. The safety rules and policies, under which we operate, have not changed.
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