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Boeing 787 Dreamliner resumes flights

Last updated on: April 29, 2013 15:15 IST

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Ethiopian Airlines became the world's first carrier to resume flying Boeing Co's 787 Dreamliner passenger jets, since the global  fleet was grounded three months ago.

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Image: A cabin crew member (L) walks inside an Ethiopian Airlines' 787 Dreamliner after it arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta international airport in Kenya's capital Nairobi.
Photographs: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters.

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The flight took off from Addis Ababa on Saturday and headed to Nairobi. The US Federal Aviation Authority issued a formal approval of Boeing's 787 battery fix, clearing the way for the airline to fly again.

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Image: Aviation engineers inspect an Ethiopian Airlines' 787 Dreamliner after it arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta international airport in Kenya's capital Nairobi.
Photographs: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters.

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The redesigned battery system eliminates all possible causes of battery fire.

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Image: Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing for Boeing commercial airplanes (front), walks from an Ethiopian Airlines' 787 Dreamliner after it arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta international airport in Kenya's capital Nairobi.
Photographs: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters.

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Boeing is the first airline to use of lithium ion batteries extensively. These batteries are lighter and can recharge faster.

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Image: A cabin crew member (L) walks inside an Ethiopian Airlines' 787 Dreamliner after it arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta international airport in Kenya's capital Nairobi.
Photographs: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters.

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The much-hyped Dreamliner was forced to be grounded following incidents of overheating in the batteries providing auxiliary power.

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Image: Aviation engineers inspect an Ethiopian Airlines' 787 Dreamliner after it arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta international airport in Kenya's capital Nairobi.
Photographs: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters.

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Around 50 Dreamliners in operation stopped operations after Japan's All Nippon Airways had to undertake an emergency landing following a battery malfunction in January.

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Image: Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing for Boeing commercial airplanes (front), walks from an Ethiopian Airlines' 787 Dreamliner after it arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta international airport in Kenya's capital Nairobi.
Photographs: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters.

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Japan, which is expected to resume services by June, is the biggest market for the Dreamliner, with ANA and Japan Airlines Co flying 24 of the 50 Dreamliners.

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Image: An Ethiopian Airlines' 787 Dreamliner takes-off from the Bole International Airport in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.
Photographs: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters.

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The Dreamliner is one of the fuel efficient aircraft in the world. It consumes around 15 per cent less fuel as compared to Airbus 330 and around 30 per cent less as compared to Boeing-777.



Image: An Ethiopian Airlines' 787 Dreamliner departs from the Bole International Airport in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.
Photographs: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters.

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