Boeing 787 Dreamliner | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Boeing proposed a long-term plan to the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday to fix the battery issues with the company’s 787 Dreamliner model. Congressional officials say that plan won’t have the planes back in the air until April at the earliest.
The plan will need certification from FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, but officials say Boeing’s plan is not a surprise because the company has been transparent with regulators throughout the whole process.
The world’s 50 787s have been grounded since Jan. 16, and fallout from the planes’ inactivity continued this week. United Airlines announced Thursday that 787s aren’t part of its plans until June at the earliest. The company also announced the postponement of its new Denver-to-Tokyo flights, which were supposed to use 787s.