On March 4, Boeing announced that it has come up with a fix for the faulty batteries that grounded its fleet of 787 Dreamliners back in January. Now the airplane manufacturer says all it needs is approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the troubled planes can take flight again.
For its part, the FAA says it is considering a plan for fixing the batteries presented by Boeing on Feb. 22. The proposed fix has been explained as a long-term solution designed to contain short-circuiting in one battery cell so it can't spread to another and create serious problems. Unlike other planes, the 787 has been designed to rely more heavily on its battery in order to make it more fuel efficient, and has thus gotten into serious trouble when battery problems occurred.
The 787 was grounded on Jan. 16 following several incidents, one of which involved a plane experiencing a battery fire, and another in which a smoking battery caused another plane to come in for an emergency landing.
Despite the fact that the Dreamliner has experienced numerous safety problems, and isn’t even allowed to fly, Boeing is still pushing ahead with plans for rolling out new 787 models.
The company is about to start building the 787-9, which is the same basic plane currently experiencing problems, just with a longer body and more seats. Boeing has also been testing the waters to see if there would be interest in an even larger 787-10.
It is shocking that Boeing is exploring ways to make their dangerous planes even bigger, well before the safety problems on the original models have been corrected and approved by the FAA. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin would hope that, moving forward, Boeing would focus more on passenger safety and less on improving its bottom line.