Kebede, an Ethiopian Airlines manager, sits inside the cockpit of their 787 Dreamliner after it arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta international airport in Kenya’s capital Nairobi

Back in January Boeing’s latest airplane, the 787 Dreamliner, was grounded because of fire related incidents caused by its battery system. Last week the flight ban was finally lifted after nearly three months of the global fleet being grounded. On 27th April, Saturday that is, Ethiopian Airlines became the first airline to begin the first 787 Dreamliner commercial flight with paying passengers on board. This was the first commercial flight since January, 2013.


The flight took off from Addis Ababa and landed safely in Nairobi. The 787 Dreamliner airplane used on this flight is one of the four that Ethiopian Airlines has in its fleet. Boeing has previously said that it will take five days per plane to install the modified battery system, and Ethiopian Airlines CEO confirmed that the remaining three aircraft were being retrofitted with the new battery system. In the U.S., United Airlines has scheduled the started of commercial 787 flights on 31st of May. ANA, a Japanese airlines, has the largest Dreamliner flight in the world right now and it will be conducting a test flight first before it schedules commercial flights on this aircraft.

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