United Airlines moves 787 to Texas for battery fix

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by United Airlines is seen on Jan. 9, 2013, at Los Angeles International Airport. David McNew/Getty Images

CHICAGO United Airlines (UAL) says it flew one of its 787s to a Boeing facility in San Antonio on Tuesday for the battery fix it needs to resume flying.

United has six of the planes. They've been grounded worldwide for three months because two of them had smoldering batteries. Boeing's proposed fix has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. Last week the FAA approved non-passenger flights for the 787 like the United flight that left from Los Angeles.

United Continental Holdings says Boeing (BA) workers will install the fix, with help from United mechanics. Boeing has said the battery system modifications will take about five days per plane to install.

United has 787s in its schedule for May 31, but it has said that flights might resume earlier.



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