Battery issue hits 787; Washington legislature OKs 777 package

|By:, SA News Editor

A Japan Airlines Boeing (BA) 787 has experienced problems with a battery on a flight from Helsinki to Tokyo, although it didn't overheat or give off smoke, as happened earlier in the year in two cases.

The battery, which was connected to the auxiliary power unit, has been removed and is being inspected.

Meanwhile, Washington state's legislature has passed a bill to extend $8.7B of tax breaks and other incentives for Boeing through 2040 in an attempt to persuade the aircraft maker to build the next-generation 777X in the Seattle area.

The vote comes amid discontent among machinists over a new labor contract, prompting Boeing to warn that it could produce the jet elsewhere if staff don't approve the deal in a vote on Wednesday.