Boeing set to move fast on 787 fix

Ray Conner, chief of Boeing’s commercial airplane unit, spoke to the media after a meeting in Tokyo last month.

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Ray Conner, chief of Boeing’s commercial airplane unit, spoke to the media after a meeting in Tokyo last month.

NEW YORK — Boeing said Monday that it is ready to move quickly to get its 787s back in the air if it gets federal approval for a fix for the batteries that have grounded the planes.

The Federal Aviation Administration is considering a plan that Boeing submitted on Feb. 22 for fixing the batteries. The FAA has said that it expects its experts to recommend this week whether to accept­ the plan.


Ray Conner, who runs Boeing Co.’s commercial airplane unit, described the process to industry analysts at a J.P. Morgan aviation conference in New York. The FAA certifies parts used on planes, and changes can prompt the need for a part’s recertification. The agency has to first certify Boeing’s fix, then it has to approve testing for the fix, Conner said. Then Boeing will be able to install the fix on the fifty 787s delivered so far.

Once it gets FAA permission, ‘‘this will move really fast in terms of being able to get the airplanes back into the air,’’ Conner said. ‘‘We are prepared; we are ready to go.’’

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Conner didn’t say how long he thought all that would take.

Boeing’s fix has been described as a long-term solution aimed at making sure that short-circuiting in one battery cell can’t spread to another.

The 787 has been grounded since Jan. 16.

Associated Press

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