Michael Dell (Wikipedia photo)

Michael Dell’s most recent purchase may be put on hold thanks to Boeing’s latest woes.

According to a report out this afternoon from the Wall Street Journal, the founder and CEO of Dell has an order for the Dreamliner via the International Lease Finance Corp., the largest buyer of 787s.

The WSJ noted that it did not know if Dell was actually making the purchase or if it was MSD Capital LP, the firm that manages his family’s money.

After a flurry of lithium-ion battery problems and emergency landings in Japan, the Federal Aviation Administration last week ordered all U.S.-based airlines to ground Boeing 787 Dreamliners until it’s proven that the batteries are safe and in compliance. That motion followed a similar move by the Japanese government.

Both U.S. and Japanese regulators have pretty much ruled out overcharged batteries as the cause of the problem and investigations are still ongoing. All 50 of the Dreamliners around the world are issued to airlines.

Previously on GeekWire: Boeing develops 3D technology to help build planes, dock aircraft

Comments

  • Guest

    Uh….isn’t his company dying? Maybe buying a big ass plane isn’t quite the right move here (unless you want to look arrogant and out of touch a la AIG)?

  • http://www.facebook.com/peter.chylewski Peter Chylewski

    Dammit – I was so looking forward to receiving mine, big windows and all.

  • eberg

    Maybe Michael can jump in and help with the batteries, didn’t Dell laptops have battery fires a few years ago?

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