HOUSTON, Tx - Boeing's 787 Dreamliner went back in service in the continental United States with a flight from Houston to Chicago, operated by United Continental Airlines. United has stated plans to restart international flights on June 10.
Boeing's 787s were grounded over problems with batteries on planes owned by other airlines. Those batteries are blamed for several incidents, including an emergency landing and a fire. No one was injured by the incidents.
Dreamliners were grounded around the world. Federal authorities cleared the planes to fly again on April 19. Ethiopian Airlines resumed 787 flights on April 27.
There's no word on what caused the battery problems, but investigators believe they've found a fix that covers all possible causes.
The battery issue could delay the 787 from being allowed to fly long distance routes. The longest flights often require special clearance. It would be a setback for a plane that's among the most fuel efficient in service.
United is the only U.S. airline currently flying the 787. United has six 787s.
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