LOT Polish Airlines has said it will keep its 787s grounded through October.
Switching the plane to be used on a flight is more complicated than passengers might think. Pilots trained to fly one type might not be able to fly the replacement, creating scheduling problems. Seats are laid out differently, meaning seating assignments have to be redone.
The Federal Aviation Administration has said it won’t clear 787s to fly until Boeing can show they’re safe. Boeing intends to propose a plan to federal regulators on Friday to temporarily fix problems with the 787’s batteries, a congressional official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Boeing has declined to talk about any planned meetings with federal officials.
The company is in the middle of multiple probes related to the 787. The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are looking into the Jan. 7 battery fire on a Japan Airlines 787 parked at Boston’s Logan International Airport. A Japan Airlines emergency landing in Japan is being examined by investigators in that country. And more broadly, the FAA is reviewing the design, certification, manufacture and assembly of the 787.
So far industry and labor have been mostly supportive of Boeing and the government probes. Air Line Pilots Association President Lee Moak said the union is confident that when the investigations are done “we’ll have known the reasons behind the system failures and we’ll be able to move forward.”