There’s no greater sense of accomplishment than completing a true technical challenge. The 787 battery issue was indeed a challenge, and having the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration give its approval of our improvements today is welcome news.
But we’re not taking time to celebrate just yet. That won’t happen until we get the fleet back up in the air. We’ve already deployed teams to install the battery improvements on our customers’ airplanes. More than 300 Boeing employees have been sent to assist our customers. They’ll be installing new battery systems on the airplanes we’ve already delivered.
Joseph Gettings (left), team leader for kit assembly at the Boeing Spares Distribution Center, and Chad Howell, shipping facilitator, prepare a battery containment kit for shipping to a 787 customer. (Katie Lomax photo)
We’ll also begin installing the changes on new airplanes at our two 787 final assembly plants, with deliveries expected to resume soon. In fact, we expect to complete all of our planned 2013 deliveries by the end of the year as scheduled. You can learn more about our teams on the ground in this video.
Mike Jeffries, a 787 flight line mechanic, secures a battery inside its stainless steel containment box in a 787 electronic equipment bay. The modification was performed on an airplane in Everett as part of the certification process. (Ed Turner photo)
We know this has been a challenging period for our customers as well. We can’t thank them enough for their support and look forward to getting their airplanes back in service as soon as possible.
The hard work isn’t done just yet—but the future of the 787 looks bright. We never stopped believing in this airplane and I can’t wait to get back on the Dreamliner.