Saturday, April 20, 2013

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Battery System Design Changes Approved by FAA

Ethiopian Boeing dreamlinerThe US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday April 19th, 2013 approved Boeing’s plans to improvements to the 787 Dreamliner battery systems. The FAA approval allows Boeing and airlines to install the approved modifications to return to service.
"FAA approval clears the way for us and the airlines to begin the process of returning the 787 to flight with continued confidence in the safety and reliability of this game-changing new airplane," said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney. "The promise of the 787 and the benefits it provides to airlines and their passengers remain fully intact as we take this important step forward with our customers and program partners."

The improved battery system includes design changes to both prevent and isolate a fault should it occur. The new steel enclosure system is designed to keep any level of battery overheating from affecting the airplane.
Boeing modified the Boeing 787 Dreamliner lithium-ion battery system after incidents involving battery heat-ups and smoke emissions prompted aviation authorities globally to ground it.

Ethiopian Airlines plans to resume flying its Boeing 787 Dreamliners in the last week of April or the first week of May 2013.

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