Boeing tackles Dreamliner ‘faults’

Updated 16 December 2012

Boeing tackles Dreamliner ‘faults’

NEW YORK: Boeing Co. Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney said the failure of electrical generators on two new Boeing 787 planes are normal problems for a jet program that is just entering service.
“We’re having what we would consider the normal number of squawks on a new airplane, consistent with other new airplanes we’ve introduced,” McNerney said in an interview on cable network CNBC.
“We regret the impact on our customers, obviously. But ... we’re working through it,” he added.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al-Baker earlier said the airline had been forced to ground one of its three Boeing Dreamliners after it found the same problem that recently forced a United Airlines Dreamliner to make an emergency landing.
“One of our Dreamliners has the same problem that the United plane had and I am very disappointed in Boeing,” Al-Baker said in an interview at London’s Heathrow airport.
“We will demand compensation (from Boeing)... we are buying planes from them to use them, not to put in a museum.”
He said the plane, which has been grounded since Dec. 9, would not fly until next week after a Boeing team had repaired the fault.
Boeing said it was working to replace electrical components so the jet could return to service, but said it was not yet clear if the issue was identical to the one that affected the United flight last week.
On Dec. 4, a brand new United Airlines Dreamliner with 184 people aboard was forced to make an emergency landing after one of six power generators failed.
Boeing said its technicians “would evaluate the findings in Qatar to understand the root cause of this issue and take the appropriate next steps.”
Qatar Airways, which received its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner earlier this month, has placed orders for 60 Dreamliners — 30 firm and an option for 30 more. It currently has a fleet of three 787 jets.
Al-Baker said he was concerned that two airlines finding the same fault may indicate the presence of a wider, systemic problem with the US made jets.
“Two aircraft having the same major problem so quickly is a cause of concern,” Al-Baker said. “Boeing need to get their act together because the delay of more than three years in delivery forced us to slow our expansion plans.”
The mechanical issues, while not uncommon for airlines, are another headache for Boeing — a company still working to overcome the negative perception of production problems that delayed delivery of the 787 by 3-1/2 years.
The Doha-based carrier expects to take delivery of two more Dreamliners on Dec. 19. It expects to have 10 of the lightweight jets in service by the end of 2013, a reduction from the initial plan for 30.
Al-Baker said the airline industry faced a tough two years with more “consolidations and collapses” likely but that conditions would start improving in 2015.

Events company sees KSA as market leader

Updated 20 May 2018

Events company sees KSA as market leader

  • My Events International is based in Malaysia and operates on three continents worldwide.
  • ‘Saudi Arabia is being renewed,’ says My Events International founder.

JEDDAH: A global events company has begun operations in Saudi Arabia with a plan to make the Kingdom and Vision 2030 the focus of a growing world market in event management. 

My Events International provides event management, marketing, and sponsor and sales management in sectors including banking, technology, health care and construction.

The Malaysia-based firm operates in India, Kuwait, the UK, Singapore, Nigeria — and now Saudi Arabia. 

The company’s Jeddah opening was attended by Khaled Almaeena, Al-Abeer director; My Events International Saudi Arabia manager Shahul Dawood; founder and president of My Events International, Mohammed Abudawood; and Malaysia’s consul general in Jeddah, Dato Mohamad Ali bin Selamat.

The opening also included the launch of Expo Malaysia, which will showcase the country overseas.

“Our partnership with My Events International will help create a new trademark in Saudi Arabia that compatible with Vision 2030 and the new changes that is bringing,” Almaeena said.

“We are proud to announce that we are organizing the Malaysia Expo, which promotes trade and investment between the two countries and will provide job opportunities for Saudi youth,” he said.

Dawood said: “Saudi Arabia is our fifth country to have a partnership. We have entered Saudi Arabia at the best time — most of the doors are opened for us, and people are encouraging and supportive. 

“We are also aiming to do a special program for women. We are not only an event managing company, but also a specialist in content creation and public private partnership.”

Abudawood said: “We are witnessing a country that is being renewed. Youth represents 70 percent of the Saudi community, and they are full of energy and new ideas, so talking about events and entertainment will help make this change happen.”

Selamat said: “Malaysia and Saudi Arabia are two countries with great potential in sectors such as tourism, as well as developing small and medium enterprises.

“My Events International has great significance in events development, and this partnership will help strengthen ties between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, and promote economic relations as well.”