The 787 front

It’s been an incredibly busy day for us on the 787 front. The morning started with a 787 ferry flight from Texas to Paine Field in Everett. We were moving one of the airplanes that had recently been painted for one of our customers. The pilots monitored the batteries closely and reported an uneventful flight.

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The 787 ferry flight lands at Paine Field today.

Also this morning, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board provided another update on its investigation. The NTSB has now identified the origin of the Jan. 7 event at Boston’s Logan Airport as having been within the battery. We welcome the continued progress.

We are working collaboratively to address questions about our testing and compliance with certification standards, and we will not hesitate to make changes that lead to improved testing processes and products. As we’ve said, the 787 was certified following a rigorous Boeing test program and an extensive certification program conducted by the FAA. We provided testing and analysis in support of the requirements of the FAA special conditions associated with the use of lithium ion batteries.

This afternoon, we received approval from the FAA to resume limited 787 flight test activities soon. We’ll use ZA005, our fifth flight test airplane, to conduct the testing over the Northwest.

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ZA005 in flight.

This flight test activity will allow us to conduct testing of the in-flight performance of the airplane’s batteries, which will provide data to support the continuing investigations into the cause of the recent 787 battery incidents.

While our work to determine the cause of the recent battery incidents continues in coordination with appropriate regulatory authorities and investigation agencies, we are confident that the 787 is safe to operate for this flight test activity. To provide additional precautions, we have implemented additional operating practices for test flights, including a one-time pre-flight inspection of the batteries, monitoring of specific battery-related status messages, and a recurring battery inspection.

My thanks once again to the massive Boeing team working tirelessly on the company’s top priority—with the goal of getting the fleet back in the air and back into the hands of our customers as soon as possible.

Comments (5)

Bill n DC (Washington, DC ):

Best wishes for success in fixing the problem. I am fortunate to have seen the 787 being built last July, exploring inside and out Ethiopia's 1st flight into Dulles last August. Best of all - 3 flights in BF on United's DreamLiners in December (EWR-IAH-SFO IAH-EWR).

It is a beautiful flying machine. I look forward to many more opportunities to fly on it.

Thanks to all the Boeing family working hard to succeed.

BTW Saw a 707 in DreamLiner livery @MIA last week - beautiful. And congrats on the AA order today.

Ashwin (Phoenix,AZ,USA):

Is there plan B if lithium ion batteries are not allowed to be used?

Erin (Bellevue, Wash):

It is so nice to see this beautiful plane make a perfect landing. She will be back in the sky soon enough. We wish all of you at Boeing the best of luck.

Erin

tom:

What happens if the batteries fail in 787?
Emergency descend....
What happens if the batteries fail in a testbed located in the cabine of a 767 (f. e.)...
I think no problem - test is finished!
Sure, the 787 must be used for certification.

Norman (Long beach,CA):

The first flight since the grounding hopefully begins a start for the end of the grounding. With so many plains waiting to be delivered I hope it wont be long until they can start flying passengers again.

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