After months of rigorous testing and a bit of a redesign the 787 Dreamliners have returned to the skies! The airships were grounded last January due to an issue with overheating battery which caused a parked craft to catch fire in one incident. United Airlines operated their first flight since the grounding on the 20th of May between Houston and Chicago and had no problems. The airline plans to send the Dreamliner on its first international route on June 10th, from Denver to Tokyo, and then has plans to introduce more throughout the year. They plan to introduce eight of the Dreamliners by the end of 2013.
Several other international airlines also plan to increase their Dreamliner service over the year, but there may be some reason to be cautious before booking your first flight on a 787. During one of the Dreamliner’s test flights in May a switchboard was damaged due to a loose nut. While this didn’t affect passenger safety, it does suggest there might still be a a few kinks to be worked out.
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