All of this is, of course, dependent on the Federal Aviation Administration giving its seal of approval to Boeing's system of mitigating the risks of using volatile lithium ion batteries as a backup power source on the airplane.
From airlines like Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways, which were the first to fly the 787, to LOT and TAM, Qatar and Air India which only had a few weeks to appreciate the airplane before that good girl gone bad, similar reintroduction plans are being made. And no matter how cheery airline executives want to be, (I refer to the most recent endorsement from Etihad's James Hogan who effused to me a few weeks ago, "The 787, it's a great airplane!" - though btw - he doesn't own one yet.) I am confident, many of of those airlines' bosses will be keeping an ear cocked to the National Transportation Safety Board's two-day hearing on April 11 and 12th, into the use of lithium ion batteries in aviation.
Whatever the US and Japanese safety board's ultimately determine about the cause of those two smoking battery events in January, the airlines flying the 787 have more immediate issues to deal with; how to get their pilots trained, qualified and back into the cockpit and how to re incorporate the planes into flight schedules.
In Monday's Flight Global, David Kaminski-Morrow reported Poland's Treasury Minister is estimating Boeing should pay LOT $15 million for the airline's losses due to the Dreamliner. Qatar, Air India and ANA have also indicated they expect Boeing to cough up cash.
When asked about Boeing customers at the press conference in Japan on March 14th, Boeing boss Ray Conner said, "The customers across the board have been extremely supportive of what we’re doing. No one has indicated to us any desire to not take their airplanes and they are looking forward to returning to flight." But he dodged specifics by saying compensation was a private matter.
It's a safe guess that even the airlines would prefer Boeing to focus attention on getting the airplane back in the air, and leave the compensation calculations for tomorrow.