Boeing CEO said yesterday that he expects deliveries of the 787 Dreamliner to resume in mid-May. Only recently the Federal Aviation Authority had cleared the new battery system Boeing designed and had given the go-ahead to install said system on Dreamliner aircraft around the world. The 787 was grounded back in January after a series of fire related incidents caused by the battery system. Boeing successfully completed certification flight testing for the new battery and finally the FAA has lifted the flight ban.
The FAA has now formally announced that flight ban on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been lifted. The aircraft will shortly return to the skies, with paying passengers on board, though it depends on when airlines schedule flights after installation of the new system. The company has said that installation will approximately take 5 days per plane. Technically the FAA’s lifting of flight ban applies to United Airlines, which has six 787 aircraft, though it gets the ball rolling for regulators in Japan, Europe and elsewhere. The cost of fitting this new system on United’s Dreamliners has been pegged at $2.8 million. We can expect the Dreamliner to be back in action by the end of May or in the first week of June.