Japan’s All Nippon Airways, the launch customer for Boeing’s 787 “Dreamliner,” will resume commercial flights of the aircraft on Sunday, just over four months after the jets were grounded due to smoldering batteries.
Boeing sent a 787 up on a test flight Saturday, the first since the new airliner was grounded three weeks ago because of a battery fire.
By Joan Lowy
At the same time the US government certified Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners as safe, federal rules barred the type of batteries used to power the airliner’s electrical systems from being carried as cargo on passenger planes because of the fire risk.
Europe’s air safety authority has followed the United States in ordering the grounding and safety review of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner following a series of incidents with the aircraft in recent days.
Japanese lawmakers on Friday passed a crucial deficit-financing bond bill that will allow Tokyo to pay for a huge chunk of this year’s public spending, avoiding the country’s own “fiscal cliff”.