Boeing has been given permission by FAA to resume pre-delivery 787 production flights and operated a production flight Thursday with an All Nippon Airways-bound 787.

“Boeing has resumed 787 production flights with the approval of the FAA,” a Boeing spokesperson said in an emailed statement to ATW. FAA approval of production flights, conducted in advance of delivering a new aircraft to an airline customer, indicates the agency is close to lifting the 787 grounding that has been in place since Jan. 16.

“We have no comment on the reports of FAA certification [of the 787 battery system fix] occurring today,” the Boeing spokesperson said Friday morning.