News Summary: Japan allows 787 flights

Japan allows Japanese airlines to resume 787 flights once battery repairs are made

Associated Press

UNGROUNDED: Japan's transport minister announced that the government will allow Japanese airlines to resume flying grounded Boeing 787s once they complete installation of systems to reduce fire risk in problematic lithium ion batteries.

GROUNDED: The 50 Dreamliner jets in service worldwide were grounded in mid-January after incidents with smoldering batteries occurred aboard two different planes. Japan's All Nippon Airways was the launch customer for the technologically advanced airliner and has 17 of the jets. Japan Airlines has seven.

GETTING A CHARGE: A resumption of Dreamliner commercial flights would be around June, as safety improvements are expected to take several weeks to finish. The FAA posted a safety order online allowing 787 flights to resume once the batteries are replaced with a revamped system that manufacturer Boeing Co. says sharply reduces the risk of fire.

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