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Second United Dreamliner 787 flight has oil related problems

The new Boeing Dreamliner has had a rough start. After entering service in 2012, it was grounded worldwide in January when lithium-ion batteries overheated on two of its jets in about a week. Since the Dreamliner resumed commercial service in May, two 787 flights have been diverted because of oil-related problems. The Chicago Tribune reported on a Reuters story on June 20, 2013, Second United Dreamliner diverted with oil-related problem.

A United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner is prepared for a flight at O'Hare International Airport.
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On Thursday a United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner was diverted from its trans-Atlantic flight plan due to a low oil indication, which made this the second 787 flight in three days to be cut short due to an oil-related problem. United Airlines said in an emailed statement, United flight 125 from London's Heathrow airport to Houston diverted to Newark, New Jersey due to a low oil indication. The aircraft landed normally and customers were put on other flights.

This unscheduled diversion followed an incident on Tuesday, when a United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner which was on its way to Tokyo from Denver was diverted to Seattle after an indication of a problem with an oil filter in an engine. That plane also landed normally. Boeing says the two incidents were not related.

Too much bad news for the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner could hurt the aircraft in its fight to win over a larger share of the market from rival Airbus in the hot market for fuel- efficient, long-haul jets. Alwyn Scott and Tim Hepher have reported on a Reuters story for Yahoo News, Boeing's new Dreamliner steps up big jet battle.

On Tuesday Boeing launched a larger version of its flagship Dreamliner aircraft at the Paris Airshow, which has intensified the competition with rival Airbus for the $100 billion a year global jet market. There are 102 firm orders worth nearly $30 billion at list prices, for the new 787-10 Dreamliner, which is a vote of support for the new lightweight jet.

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