FAA Order Formally Lifts Boeing 787 Grounding

FAA Order Formally Lifts Boeing 787 Grounding
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April 25, 2013

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is once again ready for take-off.

In an official safety order, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that U.S. airlines can return all 787 aircraft to service once each plane's problematic lithium ion batteries are replaced with a revamped battery system.

Last week, the FAA announced that it had approved Boeing's design changes for the 787 battery system.

The FAA safety order affects only one U.S. airline, United Airlines, which is currently the only U.S. airline with 787s in its fleet.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been grounded since mid-January, following a battery fire on a 787 parked at Boston's Logan International Airport, and a smoking battery that led to an emergency landing by another 787 in Japan operated by All Nippon Airways (ANA).

There are presently 50 787s in service worldwide, but Boeing currently has purchase orders for 840 more. The newly delivered Dreamliners will come equipped with the revamped battery system.