Reuters and other news sources report that a second United Airlines 787 Dreamliner has suffered an electrical malfunction.

Three 787s have now been confirmed with these issues in a single month: two are United flights and one is a Qatar Airline Dreamliner.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker told Reuters they were demanding compensation from Boeing for the glitch. 

“Two aircraft having the same major problem so quickly is a cause of concern,” Al Baker said. “Boeing needs to get their act together because the delay of more than three years in delivery forced us to slow our expansion plans.”

United and Boeing say the issue has to do with the plane’s electrical distribution panel.  In the second instance, the panel was fixed and the plane was put back into service.  The airline is continuing to investigate the issue. 

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney said in a television interview that these problems were “normal squawks” that happen whenever new planes are put into service. 

Some analysts agree but other “squawks” have been occurred in the past month, as well.

Early in December two 787s developed leaks that could cause fuel drainage or fires.  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration ordered immediate checks of fuel line couplings on 787s to make sure none of the in-service aircraft had developed similar leaks.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012