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.
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.
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.