(MENAFN - AFP) US aerospace giant Boeing defended its Boeing 787 aircraft as "safe and efficient" after the Federal Aviation Administration launched a safety review of the plane.
Boeing, under pressure after a series of 787 incidents in recent days, said it "welcomes" the opportunity to conduct a joint review with the FAA.
"Boeing is confident in the design and performance of the 787. It is a safe and efficient airplane," it said in a statement.
"The airplane has logged 50,000 hours of flight and there are more than 150 flights occurring daily. Its in-service performance is on par with the industry's best-ever introduction into service -- the Boeing 777," it said.
Boeing called the certification of the 787 the "most robust and rigorous certification process in the history of the FAA," but acknowledged it has encountered "in-service issues" in recent months.
Two more problems hit 787 Dreamliners in Japan on Friday, including a crack in a cockpit windshield that grounded one flight. Including these latest mishaps, ANA and Japanese rival Japan Airlines have reported five problems with the Dreamliner since Monday.