United gets FAA approval to bring back grounded Boeing 777s
United Airlines says it has gained FAA approval for the return of its grounded Boeing 777 jets.
More than 50 Boeing 777s which use Pratt & Whitney engines were grounded after an engine failure last year.
The engine of a 777 jet broke up in flight and debris landed near a Denver residential area.
“The FAA approved the service bulletins that will be used to make the necessary changes outlined in the Airworthiness Directives,” the FAA said.
It relates to Boeing 777s with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines.
United plans to bring the planes back into service gradually.
United’s Chief Commercial Officer, Andrew Nocella said some will be ready to use within a week.
It will later add them on flights to Hawaii and international destinations by next month.
United hopes to have about 20 of them in service by the end of June, Nocella said.