Thursday, February 21, 2013

Boeing to offer redesigned 787 batteries: Report

Washington: US aerospace giant Boeing is set to propose Friday repairs to the battery problems in its grounded 787 Dreamliner jets that could have them fly again within two months, The New York Times said Thursday.
The Times, citing industry and federal officials, said Boeing has narrowed down the ways in which the lithium-ion batteries could fail, concluding that they would be safe to use after making changes such as adding insulation between the battery cells.
Boeing commercial airplane division chief Raymond Corner plans to unveil his plans in a meeting Friday with the head of the Federal Aviation Administration, Michael Huerta, according to the Times.
Although Huerta is unlikely to immediately approve the changes, the meeting is set to launch a "high-level discussion" on the standards Boeing must meet in order to have its planes back in flight, the newspaper said.
21/02/13 AFP/Economic Times