LAN successfully completes modifications to Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet slated to resume operations in the coming days
Santiago, Chile – May 15, 2013 – LAN Airlines announces that today it successfully completed a test flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, authorized by the Chilean Aeronautical Authority, after implementing the modifications proposed by Boeing to the battery system of the aircraft that were approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The nearly two hour test flight went smoothly and without incident over Santiago, Chile according to LAN Airlines CEO Ignacio Cueto: “The operation of the aircraft was completely normal. "We have complied with all of the required modifications of the Dirección General de Aeronáutica de Chile (DGAC) and the FAA, and have implemented the modifications alongside Boeing technicians. This aircraft is one of the most modern in the world, and we are confident that it will significantly improve the flying experience of passengers that fly with LAN”.
LAN worked with 30 Boeing technicians to implement the modifications to the battery system. The DGCA, who has worked with LAN for over three years on the launch of this new aircraft, supervised the process. It is important to highlight that since LAN began flying the 787 aircraft, the company has not experienced any incidents with the battery system, operating on routes to Buenos Aires, Lima and Los Angeles form Santiago. After completing a series of test flights with their pilots, LAN expects to resume 787 operations in the coming days.
This decision is in line with what has been done by several international carriers that have already resumed commercial operations of their 787 fleet.
Admittedly the measurement of time for "coming days" is really subjective, but keep your eyes peeled!
A380(s) flown: HL7615(MSN 075) ICN-LAX KE 017 super 8/8/2012
Crikey, how many other bolts/screws haven't been locked properly across the fleets and in the factories? I'd not be happy travelling on a 787 for a good while. Quality Assurance at Boeing - does it exist?
spotted unpainted on the Flight Line (waiting for painting)
Compare this with the A350 nose in your profile pic. Its radome outline is more or less inconspicuous. It is sleeker and gives it a single-piece-finish look to the nose section. Also the 787 radome outline appears to be angled downwards from side-on giving it a slight impression of a droopy downward pointed nose.