The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it would send airlines instructions and publish a notice next week lifting the 3-month-old grounding order that day. Boeing will then have the go-ahead to begin retrofitting planes with an enhanced lithium ion battery system.
Dreamliner flights could resume within a week, the agency told members of Congress. Boeing said it has stationed teams around the world to begin installing the fix.
November’s Star MegaDO was a frequent flyer trip which chartered United’s first 787. Frequent flyers got to experience it in a fantastic party atmosphere, and it was covered by the Economist, by the New York Times, by the Wall Street Journal and by… the Wall Street Journal.
My own personal interest is that ABC’s Nightline came along on the trip, and also did some extensive interviews of me. But the plane was grounded before the piece aired, and that really took the wind out of the sails of running it — I don’t think they could run a piece on frequent flyers playing in a new, cool plane that the FAA said wasn’t permitted to fly! The longer these pieces sit the less likely they ever see the light of day (though the producer on the piece told me it was his favorite of the year, and also sent a crew out to December’s Frequent Traveler University to get more footage).
But it would be nice, purely personally, if the 787 taking flight also meant an airing of that piece. And if The Colbert Report would only air the segment that I shot with them….
Are you excited to see the 787 returning to the skies? Will you fly it?