Friday, March 15, 2013
DJ: Boeing Exec Says 787 Commercial Flights Likely To Resume In Weeks Rather Than Months
TOKYO--A senior Boeing Co. executive said Friday that commercial operation of the 787 Dreamliner could resume in a matter of weeks, rather than months.
Commercial 787 flights could resume "along the line of weeks," said Ray Conner, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, at a press conference to explain Boeing's proposed fixes for the batteries on its 787 Dreamliner.
Earlier Friday, Boeing said new safety measures for battery systems on its 787 Dreamliner aircraft could be in place for implementation in the next few weeks, raising the prospect of a near-term resumption of service of the grounded jets.
In a report setting out the measures Boeing hopes will prevent possible overheating and fires in the 787's lithium-ion batteries, the aircraft maker outlined changes to the batteries to be installed, their charging units and the method of installation.
"As soon as our testing is complete and we obtain regulatory approvals, we will be positioned to help our customers implement these changes and begin the process of getting their 787s back in the air," said Mr. Conner.
Boeing said the changes addressed the causal factors it has identified as having possibly led to failure of the batteries.