Boeing 787 cleared for one-time ferry flight

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A member of the grounded Boeing 787 fleet will fly for the first time in three weeks on 7 February on a special ferry flight approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

The 787, line 43, will ferry to Paine Field in Everett Washington, from where it has been grounded at Boeing's painting vendor in Fort Worth Alliance Airport in Texas.

The exact timing of the flight has not been disclosed.

All 51 787s delivered to airlines remain grounded for commercial flights. The fleet was grouned on 16 January after two battery failures.

Boeing also has asked the FAA to allow 787 test flights, but the agency has not announced its decision.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, Boeing has proposed a battery redesign intended an interim solution for airlines while the investigation of the root cause of the failures continues by US and Japanese authorities.

Earlier today, Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said the agency's probe is probably weeks away from arriving at a conclusion.