UA 139 makes emergency landing

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  1. viguera
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    Shouldn't have had that oil change at Jiffy Lube.
     
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    Clearly the captain didn't note that sticker on the upper left of the windshield.
     
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    Is a diversion due to an mx issue really an "emergency landing"? Maybe only on a 787...
     
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    Generally speaking, yes.

    A pilot would declare an emergency in that situation on just about any type of plane. Doesn't mean that they are about to burst into flames or such, just that they need priority and that there is something "special" about the inbound. This certainly qualifies.
     
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    You're right...I'm just frustrated. When the 777 launched in '95, how many issues (including minor ones) did it have? This was pre-twitter/facebook/MP/TOBB, etc. and the "internet" loaded at 56k modem speeds. Building something that flies halfway around the world, at the near-speed of sound, while watching a movie is pretty damn amazing. And not one person has been hurt.

    #end_of_soapbox
     
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    Zero question there were likely issues with the 777 at and after launch. It was the dawn of the 24-hour news cycle back then too.

    That said, United did set a huge marketing campaign by saying nothing but "787, Dreamliner, 787, Dreamliner, 787, Dreamliner." Not saying United deserves this kind of PR, but they did put all of their eggs in one basket.
     
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    Don't forget "game changer" :)
     
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    By the same token, when you're United, and you order a new toy that costs hundreds of millions of dollars, and it's delayed YEARS, don't you deserve to be pretty excited?
     
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    Not sure excitement can be built by a delay, but sure, any airline should be excited by delivery of a new aircraft. I just don't think it should be the centerpiece of what you market in an airline brand.
     
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    This bird has had some issues before. Sounds like it is on its way to becoming a hanger queen.
     
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    They are doing it all over again. Do you have the United page "Liked" on Facebook? Seems like every third or fourth post yesterday was, "Dreamliner, Dreamliner, Dreamliner," just like last year.
     
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    It had a few issues. ;)
     
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    I think in the Internet age and with the need for 24 hour news networks to fill the airwaves with programming, there's no such thing as a small occurence anymore.

    And when you have a few hundred people, most of them with facebook/twitter accounts report that they were supposed to be in Tokyo and they're landing in SeaTac, even as a precaution, it's going to make the news.

    Granted, the 787 is probably being singled out now because there's a big spotlight on it. But when UA puts the spotlight on the plane itself, then things like battery issues come up, and anything else happens -- however small -- it's going to make the news.

    It's the same thing as the (very public) A380 "real" problems and "news" that would pop up whenever something happened with one of the planes.
     
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    Of course. And with nothing really happening in the news right now, there's time to fill.
     
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    I think it's biased though, but not necessarily malicious.

    If you had an A320 with a stuck landing gear and it sparked like a volcano, all on live TV (as it happened a few years back) it would be in the news, but it wouldn't make as much noise as an issue with a 787 -- because they can create more filler from the recent 787 issues, show burnt up batteries and quotes from "experts"

    Hopefully in time something else will come up and they can talk about that instead... a volcano, the TSA and their knives, whatever.
     
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    paging Lindsay Lohan.
     
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