The “Dreamliner”, manufactured by Boeing, had faced a three month ban due to battery system problems, but has now completed its first commercial flight. The Ethiopian Airlines aircraft flew on Saturday from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. On board was the Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam and Boeing marketing chief, Randy Tinseth. "We are excited to re-introduce the Dreamliners again," Gebremariam said, according to the release.
New battery constructions were previously built and a couple of test flights have been operated. The lithium-ion batteries had to be replaced, which provided custom chargers, and cooling systems have also been installed. Ethiopian Airlines has so far received four of the 50 Boeing 787 "Dreamliners", which have been produced until now. The other airplanes of that type are yet to be upgraded .
Frankfurt and Lusaka will also be re-activated with 787 soon, Ethiopian Airlines said on Monday afternoon.
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