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Friday, April 26, 2013

LOT Returning 787s to Service in June

Polish national carrier LOT is resuming flights for its two grounded Boeing 787s in June, following FAA approval of Boeing's redesigned lithium-ion battery system. 
(LOT Polish Airlines 787. Photo, courtesy of Boeing.)
The worldwide fleet of 787s has been grounded since Jan. 16, following incidents involving overheating of the aircraft's battery system on separate flights operated by Japanese carriers Japanese Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA). 
Boeing proposed a redesigned battery system with a steel enclosure to prevent any level of overheating from affecting passengers or aircraft systems, which was approved by FAA last week. Earlier this week, teams of engineers from Boeing have begun helping customers install the new system on their grounded 787s. 

LOT plans to begin flying its 787s from Chicago to Warsaw in June, and New York-Warsaw beginning in July. The airline is scheduled to receive its third 787 in July. 

Related: FAA Approves Boeing 787 Battery Redesign 

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