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United Flight 1 flew from Houston to Chicago today at 11:13 a.m.

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has had a rough year so far, but things seem to be turning around as United Airlines puts the grounded jet back in the air. 

United Flight 1 flew from Houston to Chicago today at 11:13 a.m. and landed around 1:36 p.m. United Airlines is the only U.S. operator that flies the 787. 

Now, United Airlines, Qatar Airways Ltd., Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise and Air India Ltd. are the only carriers who are flying their 787s commercially again. 

This is a big step for the 787, considering it has been grounded for three months after having several issues earlier this year. 

It started with a 787 operated by Japan Airlines, which had experienced an electrical fire at Boston's Logan International Airport after coming in from Tokyo. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, a battery in the auxiliary power unit suffered severe fire damage.

One day later, a Boeing 787 operated by the same airline at the same airport suffered a fuel leak.

a 787 Dreamliner with All Nippon Airways (ANA), which had arrived at the Matsuyama airport in western Japan from Tokyo on Friday, developed a web-like crack in the cockpit window. That same day, another 787 Dreamliner with ANA had an oil leak after traveling to the Miyazaki airport in southern Japan. 

Finally, an ANA 787 flight to Tokyo had an issue with its main battery only 15 minutes into a 90-minute flight. After 40 minutes, a burning smell made its way into the cabin and cockpit, and the plane made an emergency landing at Takamatsu Airport on the southern island of Shikoku. This issue caused all 787s to be grounded in Japan, the U.S. and India until a safety investigation was conducted and the problems were corrected.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finally approved of the idea to encase 787 lithium ion batteries in a steel box, add a duct to vent gases outside the aircraft and install new battery chargers. Last month, Boeing installed the batteries on five ANA jets and started test flights this month. 

ANA, Japan Airlines Co. and LOT Polish Airlines SA will start flying 787s commercially the first week of June. There's no exact date when Latam Airlines Group SA will do the same. 

Source: Bloomberg

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RE: Had no idea...
By inperfectdarkness on 5/20/2013 6:31:47 PM , Rating: 2
How many US carriers are left?...

RE: Had no idea...
By Samus on 5/20/2013 11:35:53 PM , Rating: 2
LOL what? We have more airlines than any other country.

RE: Had no idea...
By inperfectdarkness on 5/21/2013 1:29:49 AM , Rating: 2
You can dispense with all the regional carriers. Almost all of them won't be using jets with the range of the 787. In fact, I doubt almost any regional carrier would prefer the 787 over the venerated 737.

That really just leaves Delta, United and American as the only passenger airlines in the USA that actually would be in the market for the 787.

Sure, we still have a lot of airlines:

But we've gone a long ways from the days when we had Piedmont, US Air, TWA, Pan-AM, etc.

RE: Had no idea...
By RU482 on 5/21/2013 4:39:30 PM , Rating: 2
Oh my, you've never been to a Chinese airport, have you?

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