The FAA continues its investigation into the issues plaguing the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The planes were grounded last month following a series of safety incidents related to the lithium-ion batteries used in the planes’ electrical systems. The Dreamliner, lauded as one of the most fuel-efficient and technologically advanced aircraft at its debut in 2009, has undergone inspections and “uneventful” test flights as officials collect data to determine the cause of the malfunctions. Boeing has presented a plan to fix the battery problems, which is currently under FAA review. A response is expected by next week and the Dreamliner could be flying again this summer.
Airlines have struggled with the grounding of the aircraft. All Nippon Airways will have canceled more than 3,500 flights between January and June. The grounding of the 50 Dreamliners in commercial service have cost airlines tens of millions of dollars.
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