dreamlinerRunways at London's Heathrow airport were closed for nearly two hours after a fire on a parked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner last week.

Arrivals and departures were suspended from 4:20-6:05pm on Friday following the incident during which no passengers were onboard.

The plane was parked close to a building and surrounded by fire vehicles with London Fire Brigade remaining on stand by as Heathrow staff were able to tackle the problem using fire-retardant foam.

No damage immediately apparent
A Heathrow spokesman said no damage was immediately apparent.

"The aircraft was parked on a remote parking stand. There were no passengers on board and there are no reported injuries," he added.

"The aircraft was parked on a remote parking stand and there were no passengers on board. Arrivals and departures were temporarily suspended while airport fire crews attended to this incident.

"This is a standard procedure if fire crews are occupied with an incident."

Special electrical hydraulic system
Earlier this year, all 787 Dreamliner's were grounded after a problem with their lithium-powered batteries.

The Dreamliner's electrical system drives air conditioning and hydraulic functions that are run from compressed air on traditional aircrafts.

British Airways is due to take delivery of the first two of its 24 Dreamliners, and Virgin Atlantic is to get the first of its 16 planes in September 2014.