As investigations continue into the transmitter fire which severely damaged an Ethiopian Airlines 787 at London Heathrow Airport July 12, Boeing is gearing up for the most challenging aircraft repair and recovery operation it has yet faced on the new twinjet—and perhaps one of the most complex ever undertaken on a commercial composite aerostructure. Questions remain as to how Boeing, regulators and the aircraft’s owner, Ethiopian Airlines, will approach the rework. The main choices ...

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