Following the approval of replacement batteries for the troubled Boeing 747 Dreamliner, the aircraft is now expected to be back in the skies within the week. All 50 of the planes have been grounded since January when two of the new line suffered from battery faults. An issue with overheating has forced a redevelopment of the batteries, with a newer strengthened model being refitted to five planes before flights resume.
The vice president and general manager of the 787 program, Larry Loftis, commented on the developments:
We went to great lengths to question every assumption we made in the initial design and greatly expanded the thought process for what could be potential causes.