Boeing flies 787, again not for battery tests

For the second time this week, Boeing is put the 787 in the air Wednesday for testing unrelated to the jet’s redesigned battery system.

“This is a routine test flight designed to address some of the component reliability projects we have been working,” Marc Birtel, a Boeing spokesman, wrote in an emailed statement. “The battery certification demonstration flight will take place in the coming days.”

That’s similar to the company’s statement Monday, when the 787 flew to Moses Lake and back to Everett.

Boeing’s 787 has been grounded from commercial flight since Jan. 16 due to battery problems. The company has redesigned the battery but still needs to log a flight to test it for the Federal Aviation Administration.

You can see the 787’s route today on FlightAware. The 787 took off at 1:52 p.m., when local media were attending the grand opening of Boeing’s new jet delivery center at Paine Field, and landed at Paine Field st 5:15 p.m.

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