This breaking news is just in from USA Today:
The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States has approved the certification plan by Boeing to fix, re-design and improve the batteries reportedly prone to fires on its 787 “Dreamliner” airplanes — but a series of testing is still needed to be done before the airplane will be permitted to return to service.
It is unclear at this time as to what additional testing is still needed to be done or how long it will take. It is also too early to speculate as to when the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” airplanes will once again ply through the skies.
All Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” airplanes were grounded earlier this year in response to a directive issued by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States and the civil aviation authorities of the Japanese, Chilean and other governments worldwide due to a spate of technical problems which plagued the aircraft, including electrical power issues, fuel leaks, mechanical issues, and fires caused by batteries.
Reactions by FlyerTalk members to the news of the grounding of the entire fleet of Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” airplanes were initially mixed.