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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Boeing Looks to Resume 787 Test Flights

Boeing is requesting FAA approval to resume test flights with its grounded 787 Dreamliner.

All 50 in-service Dreamliners operated by carriers worldwide have remained grounded while safety officials in the United States and Japan investigate what caused a battery fire, fuel leak and other issues with 787s operated by All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines.

Boeing has submitted an application to conduct test flights. That application is currently under evaluation by the FAA,” a spokesman for Boeing told Aviation Today.

FAA has confirmed the request, but has declined to comment further on whether or not it will allow Boeing to conduct the test flights or when the Dreamliner could possibly return to service.

Last week the National Transportation Safety Board issued its sixth update on the ongoing investigation regarding the 787’s lithium ion batteries. Investigators still have not been able to provide a cause for the recent issues with the batteries. More

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