JULIAN BRAY reports: Rumours that Boeing has cobbled together a new plan for federal regulators to temporarily fix problems with the 787 Dreamliner's fire prone batteries that have kept the planes grounded for more than a month, gained momentum tonight with the news that Quantas, the Australian airline is to drop Airbus in favour of the new Boeing series.
There is also a political dynamic to the competition between Anglo/French Airbus and American Boeing Company. Increasingly hostile military operations throughout North Africa mean that Airbus products now carries a political bounty should they land or overfly any of these territories. A situation that many long haul and holiday airlines, would not wish to encounter, ands their insurers/ lease companies would not accept as a commercial risk..
Usually reliable sources say Boeing to fix the problem would in future use much larger 'traditional older style' ni-cad battery packs with the extra sets of batteries required distributed around the airframe, and housed in a series of retro fitted fire resistant external access, rapid swap out service pods. The batteries would face less flying hours, and will be renewed and checked on much shorter flight rotations. The company refuse to comment.
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