A 787 today will make a short ferry flight from Texas to ’s Everett, Wash, facility, marking the type’s first flight since its worldwide grounding Jan. 16.
The flight has been approved by the, and although it is for a single ferry, is being seen as a positive sign the regulator will grant Boeing’s request to start test flights.
These test flights will be conducted as part of investigations into the battery problem which grounded the fleet.
Boeing says, “While our work to determine the cause of the recent battery incidents continues in coordination with appropriate regulatory authorities and investigation agencies, we are confident—as is the FAA—that the 787 is safe to operate for this activity.
“Safety of the crew on board is our top priority.”
The aircraft involved is Line 43, which has been in Texas for painting.