Dreamliner 787 flights for battery tests may resume soon
There are US reports, including this one in the Seattle Times, that the FAA will soon approve test flights by otherwise grounded 787 Dreamliners to examine while in flight its electrical system and battery performance.
It has also been suggested that the flights could then lead to testing of a fix for the battery fire risks that is rumored to be under preparation by Boeing, which after all, would have the inside running as to what is really at issue and how it can be dealt with.
However the Seattle Times report makes a point of discouraging hopes of a rapid return to service.
While the report doesn’t mention it, there are also whispers that on Wednesday US time Boeing will be making a definitive statement about the 787 program. From here, it is something worth mentioning but not endorsing as gospel.
There are also references in the industry to possible issues with high humidity or condensation occurring in the 787 electricals.
In other developments it has been confirmed that India’s aviation authority allowed two repositioning flights by Air-India 787s during the world wide grounding of the type.
From all of the omens and hints so far, it appears likely that the first of the Qantas 787-8s that are to be used by Jetstar will at best, be further delayed by only a matter of months. That could yet see the first of them delivered before the end of the year, given the vague timetable previously announced of deliveries in the second half of this year.