What we’re reading: Carnival Triumph smolders, Dreamliner probe, new Boeing 777 expected


Carnival decides to tow Triumph to Mobile

Carnival Cruise Lines decided to tow Triumph to Mobile, Ala. instead of Progreso, Mexico.

The ship, which lost propulsion after an engine room fire, has drifted about 90 miles north since Sunday because of a strong current.

“This now puts the ship nearly equidistant to Mobile, and given the strength of the currents, it is preferable to head north to Mobile, rather than attempt to tow against them,” Carnival Cruise Lines president Gerry Cahill said.

Microscopic ‘dendrites’ a focus in Boeing Dreamliner probe

Aviation safety investigators are now looking to see whether “the formation of microscopic structures known as dendrites” inside the Dreamliner’s lithium-ion battery played a role in the two incidents which caused the plane to be grounded.

Investigators have so far said they know that fire was triggered by short circuits, but haven’t been able to determine the original cause of the incident, or of another one in which an overheating battery forced an All Nippon Airways Co. in Japan to make an emergency landing.

Emirates sees new 777 model in six to nine months

Emirates is expecting a revamped 777 to be available to customers in six to nine months.

Emirates, Boeing’s biggest customer, has said it will need to replace its old 777s from 2017, which is prompting the push for a new version.

The airline has been pressing for the 777X to come out sooner rather than later.

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