Airlines Suspend Dreamliner Operations

Operators of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner have moved to ground their fleets following an advisory issued by the Federal Aviation Administration pending safety testing of the onboard batteries. A series of incidents involving the aircraft (most recently an emergency landing in Japan) prompted the directive, with Japanese and US operators the first to suspend operations.


Air India

With the grounding of its Dreamliner fleet indefinitely, Air India has cancelled its AI 306/307 flights operating the Delhi – Tokyo (Narita) – Delhi route on 22 and 23 January 2013, as well as its AI 101/102 service between Delhi and Mumbai on 21, 22 and 23 January 2013. The airline’s long-range services from Delhi to Frankfurt and Paris will operate as scheduled with the B777-200LR and B777-300ER aircraft.


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All Nippon Airways

Launch customer All Nippon Airways remains the most-affected operator of the Dreamliner with 17 jets grounded. A number of domestic flights are cancelled while some flights will see other aircraft types re-deployed to replace the B787. International operations will have the Tokyo (Narita) – San Jose route cancelled until further notice and the B767 replacing the aircraft on the Tokyo (Haneda) – Beijing route, while the Tokyo (Haneda) – Frankfurt and Tokyo (Narita) – Seattle routes will be operated by the B777 with cancellations on certain days due to aircraft redeployment.


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Ethiopian Airlines

African operator Ethiopian Airlines has pulled its fleet of 4 aircraft from service. No cancellations have been announced by the airline and previously-revealed schedules will operate using replacement aircraft types including its B777-200LRs and B767-300ERs.


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Japan Airlines

With its B787s involved in separate incidents earlier this month, Japan Airlines was one of the first to ground its fleet for inspections. The airline’s Tokyo (Narita) – San Diego route is cancelled until 25 January 2013, while the Tokyo (Narita) – Boston and Tokyo (Narita) – Moscow (Domodedovo) routes will be flown using B777s. Flights to Frankfurt and Singapore will continue operating with B767-300ERs.


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LAN Airlines

South America’s LAN Airlines has suspended operations of its 3 B787 Dreamliners, which fly between Santiago and Buenos Aires, Lima and Los Angeles. Services will be flown using replacement aircraft types with no cancellations planned.


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LOT Polish Airlines

Warsaw-based LOT Polish Airlines has grounded its fleet of Dreamliners for technical inspections. The airline will be rostering other aircraft types to operate the B787’s routes from the Polish capital to Brussels, Budapest, Chicago, Frankfurt, Hanover, London (Heathrow), Prague and Vienna, with the older B767 taking over long-haul operations.


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Qatar Airways

Middle Eastern carrier Qatar Airways is replacing the B787 with other aircraft types on routes to Dubai, Kuwait, London (Heathrow), Munich and Zurich until the end of January 2013. The airline has also postponed the launch of Dreamliner-operated flights on the Doha – Perth route, originally scheduled for 1 February 2013.


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United Airlines

The B777-200ER replaces the Dreamliner on United Airlines’ Houston – Lagos and Los Angeles – Tokyo (Narita) flights, with the former utilizing a 2-class aircraft and the latter offering 3-class service. Domestic routes will see the B737, B757, B767 or B777 operating while the B787s remain grounded for inspections.


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