Boeing 787s to resume flights after US approval

US authorities are set to allow airlines to resumes flights of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and Japanese aviation authorities have declared they will follow suit, following US approval.

Speaking on behalf of the Japanese transport ministry on Friday, 26 April, an official said, “As the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) is to approve the resumption as of Friday morning US time, we will take the same step.”

The Boeing 787 Dreamliners have been grounded since January, when a series of mishaps and malfunctions caused aviation authorities to cancel all flights of the model. In the space of just one week, a Dreamliner was forced to make an emergency landing, whilst other aircrafts encountered two fuel leaks, a battery fire, a wiring problem, a brake computer fault and a cracked cockpit window, as well as engine failures during testing prior to the aircraft’s commercial release.

Since then, the Dreamliners have been undergoing investigation and safety checks in order to determine the safety of the planes. Concerns were raised over the 787’s use of lithium-ion batteries, heralded for their ability to store more energy and recharge more quickly, but which are thought to be more volatile.

The US declared on Thursday that it would formally approve the Boeing 787’s battery fix which would allow the aircraft to resume flights. The FAA will be issuing a series of directives which the Boeing must meet before it can fly again, including the installation of modified battery packs and their respective chargers, as well as battery enclosures and ducts. The lift on the Boeing grounding ban marks the end of a very difficult quarter for Boeing, who has had to cancel thousands of flights and rearrange schedules over the past three months.

Sources include The Daily Telegraph, Japan Today

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