Poland's Dreamliners to take off again in June

Polish flagship carrier LOT said Tuesday it expects its two Boeing 787 Dreamliners to resume flights in early June, months after battery problems grounded the aircraft worldwide.

LOT will operate the planes on its transatlantic routes from Poland to Chicago, New York and Toronto, spokesman Marek Klucinski told AFP.

LOT was Europe's first company to use the Dreamliner in November before battery issues prompted the worldwide grounding of the planes in January.

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The cash-strapped national airline will receive a third 787 in May to enter into service in July, and two others are expected in Warsaw before the end of August, Klucinski said.

LOT CEO Sebastian Mikosz said Monday the airline also plans to seek compensation from Boeing for the losses it suffered while the Dreamliners were grounded.

US aviation authorities approved Boeing's battery fix proposal last week, a key step towards getting the jetliner back in the skies.

On Tuesday, the European Aviation Safety Agency also approved the the proposed battery design change.

All 50 Dreamliners in service were grounded in mid-January after a series of overheating issues with the cutting-edge plane's lithium-ion battery system.

The action came after a battery fire on a parked Japan Airlines 787 at Boston's Logan International Airport and an incident in which battery smoke forced an emergency landing of an All Nippon Airways (ANA) 787 in Japan.



by Dan De Luce © 2013 AFP

Source: AFP
Date: Apr 23, 2013