Boeing ready to move on 787 fix, if FAA approves

The 787 has been grounded since Jan. 16 after one plane had a battery fire, and a smoking battery on another plane forced an emergency landing.
By JOSHUA FREED, AP Business Writer Published: March 5, 2013
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Boeing awaits

FAA decision

Boeing said Monday that it is set to move quickly to get its 787s back in the air if it gets federal approval for battery fix that has grounded the planes.

The Federal Aviation Administration is considering a plan that Boeing submitted on Feb. 22 for fixing the batteries. The FAA has said it expects its experts to recommend this week whether to accept the plan.

Ray Conner, who runs Boeing Co.'s commercial airplane unit, described the process to industry analysts at an aviation conference in New York.

The FAA certifies parts used on planes, and changes can prompt the need for a part's recertification. The agency has to first certify Boeing's fix, then it has to approve testing for the fix, Conner said.

The 787 has been grounded since Jan. 16 after one plane had a battery fire, and a smoking battery on another plane forced an emergency landing.

Associated Press