BOEING’S Dreamliner planes returned to the skies after a three-month hiatus over the weekend as airlines tested out reinforced batteries designed to prevent overheating.
All Nippon Airways, the launch customer for the newest 787 model, carried passengers including company president Shinichiro Ito and Boeing’s chief of commercial aircraft Ray Conner on a two-hour flight without incident yesterday.
ANA plans at least 230 test flights over the next month before resuming commercial operations.
Ethiopian Airlines safely took passengers from Kenya to Ethiopia on Saturday.
Aviation regulators on Friday gave permission for 787 operations to restart after batteries on two of them overheated in mid January. One was on an ANA plane in Japan and another on a Japan Airlines jet parked at Boston’s Logan airport.
The two Japanese airlines will tomorrow release results for the first three months of the year, with the 787 grounding expected to hit revenues.
City A.M. Reporter