Multiple signs are pointing to the increasing pace for the return to service for the Boeing 787, but a top company official dodged a question yesterday on the timing.
Aviation Week reports that Boeing’s 787 simulators are being fired up again, having been idled for months during the grounding. This comes on the heels this week of a report that ANA is re-training its 787 pilots with an eye toward resuming service in June. There is also a report that Boeing has dispatched to the field engineers ready to begin installing the battery fix once federal approval is received.
But Pat Shanahan, VP of Aircraft Programs, wouldn’t speculate about the timeline about certification.
“Sooner rather than later,” he said during a press gaggle after opening the Everett Delivery Center yesterday. “I know that’s not the answer you wanted to hear. The testing is going very well. The regulators will ultimately determine that timeline. It’s very close.”