Ethiopian launches first 787 Dreamliner flight since grounding
Posted on: 08:54 PM IST Apr 27, 2013
Addis Ababa: Ethiopian Airlines on Saturday became the world's first carrier to resume flights with Boeing Co's 787 Dreamliner passenger jets, a Reuters witness said, three months after they were grounded over battery meltdowns.
An Ethiopian Dreamliner passenger jet left Addis Ababa for a scheduled flight to Nairobi just before 11 am and was due to arrive in Kenya about two hours later.
US regulators approved a new lithium-ion battery design last week, clearing the way for installation and a resumption of Dreamliner flights by international carriers. Dreamliners had been grounded on January 16 after two battery meltdowns that occurred on two jets within two weeks that month.