Boeing has gotten approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the company’s plan to test and certify improvements to the 787’s battery system. Successful completion of each step within the plan will result in the FAA’s approval to resume commercial 787 flights.
Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney said, “Our team has been working around the clock to understand the issues and develop a solution based on extensive analysis and testing following the events that occurred in January.
The company says its focus is on developing a permanent resolution.
“Our proposal includes three layers of improvements. First, we’ve improved design features of the battery to prevent faults from occurring and to isolate any that do. Second, we’ve enhanced production, operating and testing processes to ensure the highest levels of quality and performance of the battery and its components. Third, in the unlikely event of a battery failure, we’ve introduced a new enclosure system that will keep any level of battery overheating from affecting the airplane or being noticed by passengers,” Ray Conner, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes said in a company statement.