• Apr 23, 2013
After the Federal Aviation Administration grounded all Boeing 787 Dreamliners for nearly three months following a battery fire, federal officials have approved plans to get the planes back in the air. On Friday, the FAA approved Boeing's plans to reduce the risk of overheating lithium-ion batteries on their 787 Dreamliner by installing a new battery containment box along with new wiring, battery chargers, and venting system. Installing the retrofits will take about 5 days for each of Boeing's 50 planes that were delivered. Over 30 technicians were dispatched globally to get the planes fixed quickly.



There has been no announcement from Boeing as to when the planes will be back in the air, but All Nippon, which operates 17 Dreamliners, said they are planning to make a few hundred test flights before resuming service in June.

"It would be unwise to believe that the process of rectification will be fully complete before the end of the summer," Howard Wheeldon, an independent investment strategist in London, told the New York Times. He added, "We can expect the first 787 to resume flying in airline service within a matter of weeks."

We'll keep you updated on their progress.

[Source: The New York Times]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 3 Comments
      BOB
      • 2 Days Ago
      It needs an ejection door. Problems? No problem, bombs away.
      Eric H. McFail
      • 2 Days Ago
      Hope this fix works . . . Not sure that stronger containment of bad battery technology is the ultimate for the Dreamliner.
      arenadood
      • 2 Days Ago
      As long as they have the problem worked out, let them fly.