FAA Grounds United’s Dreamliners

By Paul Riegler on 16 January 2013
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ANA's Dreamliner in Seattle for its launch flight

ANA’s Dreamliner in Seattle for its launch flight

The Federal Aviation Administration ordered an immediate halt to Boeing Dreamliner flights by U.S. airlines.  United Airlines is the only U.S. airline currently operating the Dreamliner.

The FAA said it will require a “corrective action plan” before any flights can resume – and has not yet set a timetable for when that happen.

Earlier on Wednesday, ANA and Japan Airlines suspended all Dreamliner flights after an ANA Dreamliner was forced to make an emergency landing.

Last week, when announcing an FAA probe into the Dreamliner, U.S. officials termed the new high-tech aircraft “safe.”

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.

LOT Polish Airlines’ inaugural flight left Warsaw earlier today and will land at Chicago O’Hare this evening.    Other than de-icing, a LOT official said that the departure was as planed.

Accura News

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