United announced plans last week to reintroduce Boeing 787 service from Houston to Chicago on May 20. The airline is working with Boeing to modify its fleet of 787s with a battery fix recently approved by the FAA. The FAA grounded the 50 787s in service with airlines including United earlier this year following a series of battery fires. The 787 uses new technologically advanced lithium ion batteries to operate key aircraft systems, which become very hot during flight and need to be properly insulated. It’s typical for new airplane models to experience teething problems and this is not unique to the 787.
In addition to domestic flights, United will reinstate 787 international service on June 10, placing the aircraft on the Denver-Tokyo route. TripBadger is anxious to fly on the 787 one day soon now that it’s back in the air!