Boeing exec in Japan talks lithium battery to establish 'permanent' fix
AFPTOKYO--A senior Boeing executive said Thursday he and Japanese government officials had discussed a “permanent” solution to fix problems that have dogged the grounded Dreamliner.
March 1, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Raymond Conner, executive vice president of Boeing and head of commercial aeroplanes, said that they would not abandon the lithium-ion batteries used in the planes which are at the center of a worldwide safety probe.
He also denied reports that the plane maker was at odds with its battery supplier over how to fix the troubles, saying “we are great partners.”
The next generation 787 was ordered out of the skies in January following a series of incidents.
“It is not an interim solution. This is a permanent solution,” Conner told reporters after meeting with Japanese transport minister Akihiro Ota to discuss problems that caused one battery to catch fire and another to emit smoke.
Asked if Boeing was considering ditching the Japanese-made lithium-ion batteries from the 787, Conner said: “I see nothing in this technology that would tell us it's the appropriate thing to do.”