NEW YORK Feb 4 Boeing Co has asked the
Federal Aviation Administration for permission to conduct test
flights of its 787 Dreamliner, a move suggesting the company is
making progress in finding a solution to the battery problems
that prompted regulators to ground the entire 787 fleet two
Boeing said it has submitted an application to conduct test
flights, confirming a report in the Seattle Times. The newspaper
reported that the FAA might grant permission as soon as Monday
night, citing sources with knowledge of the matter. The FAA did
not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Boeing would test a potential fix for the problem that
caused two batteries to burn on 787s last month, the paper said.
But passenger flights would still be weeks if not months away,
the paper said, citing two sources.