All Dreamliners Grounded World-Wide
Following a move by the Federal Aviation Administration, which ordered an immediate halt to Boeing Dreamliner flights by U.S. airlines, the European Aviation Safety Agency and other civil-aviation regulatory bodies around the world issued orders that grounded the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Qatar Airways and Ethiopian Airways also grounded their 787s, as did airlines in Chile and India
On Wednesday, LOT Polish Airlines cancelled its inaugural Dreamliner flight from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to Warsaw. The Warsaw-Chicago flight arrived in Chicago ealier in the evening without any incident. Japanese airlines ANA and Japan Airlines suspended all Dreamliner flights after an ANA Dreamliner made an emergency landing on Wednesday.
LOT’s decision was voluntary, according to airline officials who said that the airline consulted with both Boeing and the FAA prior to making a final decision. The FAA directive only impacted one airline, United, because it is the only U.S. carrier operating the Dreamliner.
The FAA move was the first time in over four decades that an entire fleet was grounded. An FAA spokesman said the agency will require a “corrective action plan” from Boeing and its customers before any flights can resume – and has not yet set a timetable for when that will happen, although Boeing and the airlines have been working around the clock to address the issue.
In a statement, Boeing said “we are confident the 787 is safe, and we stand behind its overall integrity.” The Chicago-based aircraft maker added that it “deeply regrets the impact” on airlines and passengers.
Currently, there are 50 Dreamliners in service worldwide and 24 of them are operated by Japan’s two largest airlines. ANA was the launch customer for the Dreamliner and the aircraft went into service in late 2011.
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