Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet grounding: the legal angles

The recent temporary grounding of the world’s first all-composite-construction aircraft — the Boeing 787 Dreamliner — is relatively unusual in that it has affected the worldwide fleet. At Ince & Co, we have been watching developments with interest and discussing the consequences that a fleet grounding of a specific aircraft model can have for aircraft operators, including airlines, and the consequences for their financiers and lessors.

All new airplanes entering service will at some point experience complications. The 787 Dreamliner is no exception. Since the delivery of the first Dreamliner in September 2011, this technologically advanced aircraft has experienced a number of teething problems in service. These have included fuel leaks, a cracked flight deck window, brake issues and a fire in lithium-ion batteries. The US, European and Japanese aviation authorities have ordered the grounding of all Dreamliners currently in service, until they have completed their investigations into the causes of the problems and are satisfied that they have been resolved…

If you are registered and logged in to the site, click on the link below to read the rest of the Ince & Co briefing. If not, please register or sign in with your details below.


Sign in or Register to continue reading this article

Sign in


It's quick, easy and free!

It takes just 5 minutes to register. Answer a few simple questions and once completed you’ll have instant access.

Register now

Why register to The Lawyer


Industry insight

In-depth, expert analysis into the stories behind the headlines from our leading team of journalists.


Market intelligence

Identify the major players and business opportunities within a particular region through our series of free, special reports.


Email newsletters

Receive your pick of The Lawyer's daily and weekly email newsletters, tailored by practice area, region and job function.

More relevant to you

To continue providing the best analysis, insight and news across the legal market we are collecting some information about who you are, what you do and where you work to improve The Lawyer and make it more relevant to you.

Briefings from Ince & Co

View more briefings from Ince & Co

Analysis from The Lawyer


International House
1 St Katharine's Way

Turnover (£m): 86.70
No. of lawyers: 273 (UK 200)
Offices: 4
Qualified lawyers: 53 (estimated)
(International 50)
Partners: 18