IF the proposed near term battery fix that Boeing will present to the FAA in DC as early as Thursday is accepted, the scenes below may not be seen for much longer. These photos were taken by Joe Walker at Paine Field last weekend.
Four new 787s are parked at the base of the tower. ANA's JA818A, JAL's JA830J and two LOT 787s - SP–LRD and SP-LRE are seen here.
The next JAL 787, JA830J, is temporarily stored on the tower ramp at Paine Field.
Early build 787s still occupy Paine's runway 11/29. The green aircraft on the right, a 767-300F destined for UPS, is there temporarily due to lack of space on the main flight line.
With no slow down in production, another load of 787 parts arrive from Charleston, SC.
With the 787 backlog at Paine Field, this Korean 777F, HL8226, was flown to Boeing Field for temporary storage.
In our latest update by Guy Norris (click here to read it), it is understood that Boeing has provisional plans in place to begin flight testing the modified system immediately if the FAA approves its proposal. A fleet-wide retrofit action would enable the first 787 to return to service as early as next month.