CHICAGO – Boeing Co said it will conduct a test flight of its grounded 787 Dreamliner on Saturday to collect more data on potential faults in the aircraft's lithium-ion batteries.
The 50 Dreamliners in commercial service were grounded worldwide on January 16, after a series of battery related incidents, including a fire on board a parked 787 in Boston's Logan Airport and an in-flight problem on another plane in Japan.
The groundings have cost airlines tens of millions of dollars, with no solution yet in sight.
The test flight on ZA005, a Boeing 787 test plane, was scheduled to operate out of Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington. The flight was scheduled to depart at about 12:45 p.m. Pacific time (3:45 ET) but that is subject to change, the company said.
The flight plan can be viewed at: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/BOE5
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Thursday it would allow 787 test flights, under more stringent rules, to monitor the batteries in flight.
(Reporting by Christine Stebbins; editing by Gunna Dickson)