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787 Dreamliner: Boeing Prepares For Test Flights And Faces Compensation Demands…

The 787 battery problem is probably moving toward its solution, as Boeing seems to plan two flight tests for the aircraft’s battery system, as soon as the end of the week. The company doesn’t confirm the information, as the practical viability of its battery solution problem remains open:

Boeing Plans 787 Battery Test Flights for End of Week: Sources – Reuters – NASDAQ

Boeing Co plans to conduct two flight tests of its revamped 787 battery system, possibly as soon as the end of the week, according to three sources familiar with the matter. The 787 flights, the first since February, would mark another step toward Boeing’s recently announced goal of returning the grounded jet to service in a matter of weeks, not months. Regulators banned the plane from the skies in January after lithium-ion batteries burned on two 787s in quick succession that month. The Federal Aviation Administration gave Boeing permission for a single “ferry” flight on Feb. 7 to move a jet to Washington state from Texas, carrying minimal crew and no passengers. Boeing declined to comment. The FAA on March 12 approved Boeing’s plan to test a redesigned battery system, to prove it is safe. The FAA-approved plan includes a rigorous battery testing standard Boeing helped develop but did not previously use. Boeing said last week that it was one-third of the way through the testing, and expected to finish in a week or two. Boeing’s prediction drew scepticism from some regulators and industry experts, who said it was too early to say when the Dreamliner would fly again with the root cause of the battery overheating still unknown.

787 Dreamliner Compensations 1

The U.S. aircraft producer wants to solve the 787 battery problem the soonest possible as the global fleet of 50+ Dreamliner aircraft remains grounded, and international airliners are having the first discussions for asking cash compensations from Boeing:

Airlines want cash compensation for Boeing 787 grounding – Chicago Tribune

Pressure grew on Wednesday for Boeing to compensate airlines in hard cash for disruption caused by the grounding of its 787 Dreamliner as two airlines manoeuvred for immediate help instead of future purchase discounts. Leading 787 customer All Nippon Airways wants cash refunds, rather than discounts on future orders, for losses inflicted by the worldwide grounding in place since mid-January, a person familiar with the airline’s intentions told Reuters. In India, a senior government source said state carrier Air India would take the same stand in favour of direct refunds. All 50 Dreamliners delivered worldwide since it entered service in late 2011 were idled after separate incidents with the plane’s battery at a U.S. airport and on a domestic flight in Japan. ANA operates 17 of those aircraft and is likely to have been hit hardest by having them out of service. The airline has cancelled more than 3,600 flights to the end of May. ”ANA would prefer to have the cash,” said the person, who asked not to be identified, adding that compensation talks with Boeing had not yet begun.

On the other hand, Boeing has delivered the 7,500th 737 aircraft which is the best-selling airplane of all time:

Boeing Delivers 7500th 737 – PR Newswire (press release)

Boeing has delivered the 7,500th 737 to come off the production line to Malaysia-based Malindo Air. Malindo Air is a joint venture by Jakarta, Indonesia-based Lion Air and Malaysia’s National Aerospace and Defence Industries. Malindo Air is using the Next-Generation 737-900ER to launch its low-fares service. Malindo Air’s 737-900ER (Extended Range) with the passenger-pleasing Boeing Sky Interior features new modern sculpted sidewalls and window reveals, LED lighting that enhances the sense of spaciousness and larger pivoting overhead stowage bins. The Boeing 737 is the best-selling commercial jetliner of all time with total orders exceeding 10,500 airplanes. Nearly 85 percent of Boeing’s backlog of more than 3,100 Next-Generation 737s will be delivered with the Boeing Sky Interior.

Finally, Boeing is facing real time pressure for solving the Dreamliner’s battery problem to deal with its brand reputation issues and also with possible cash compensations to international 787 users.

 



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