Uncertain Fate of the 787 Dreamliner

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787 With Mt Rainier in DistanceK65116

There is more confusion about the near-term fate of the Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) 787 Dreamliner. Some media outlets say that test flights could begin soon, and that an acceptable solution to the plane's battery problems are days away. Other reports claim that the federal government may not find an acceptable solution for weeks or longer.

Reuters reports:

U.S. safety regulators are poised to approve within days a plan to allow Boeing Co to begin flight tests of the 787 Dreamliner with a fix for its volatile batteries, a critical step towards returning the grounded aircraft to service, two sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood needs more information to be convinced that Boeing Co.'s BA +0.53% proposed fixes to batteries on its 787 Dreamliner are adequate to enable the jet to resume commercial flights.

"I have made it very clear that I want a thorough review" of the Boeing plan, Mr. LaHood told paper on Wednesday. "I am going to ask a lot of questions" before a final decision is made.

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