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The 787 Dreamliner, the latest and most advanced passenger jet from Boeing (NYSE:BA), has been plagued with issues since its design phase. Finally, after years of setbacks, the aircrafts were released, and put into service — only to be grounded almost immediately, for issues stemming from the new lithium ion battery cells that the planes use. Apparently, they seem to have a tendency of catching on fire, which is rarely a best case scenario when flying seven miles in the air.
However, Boeing has announced that is has a solution, and is ready to move on it as soon as it gets a go-ahead from the FAA. Ray Conner, CEO of the commercial airplanes unit of Boeing, told an investor conference in New York that the company proposed its solution to the battery fires to the Federal Aviation Administration on February 22nd, CNN reported.
The fix provides three levels of protection against fires in the jet’s batteries, Conner said. He did not give details about the fix to the investors, and said the next step will be for the FAA to clear Boeing to test the battery fix. Assuming that goes well, Conner said, “this will move really fast in terms of getting the airplanes back into the air. We’re prepared, we’re ready to go.”
Further details were scant as well. No date as to when the planes would be back in service was offered, nor what the cost to company would be.
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