FAA backs plan to end Boeing's 787 Dreamliner nightmare

An All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner sits parked at Tokyo's Haneda airport on January 31, 2013.

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved Boeing's plans for new safety tests that could get its troubled 787 Dreamliner back in the air as early as this spring. After a series of incidents linked to its lithium ion batteries, all 50 of Boeing's 787 Dreamliners were grounded earlier this year.

Though Boeing has added extra safety precautions to the 787 and remains upbeat about the plane's future, will passengers feel confident enough to fly it? 

Seth Kaplan, at Airline Weekly, says yes.

"People [will] fly [the] aircraft for the same reason they always do, which is that there is a plane going from where they are to where they are going for about the price they want to pay," Kaplan says, adding that as long as regulatory authorities are on-board, travelers will be too.

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Scott Tong is a correspondent for Marketplace’s sustainability desk, with a focus on energy, environment, resources, climate, supply chain and the global economy.

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