Most 787 Dreamliners Grounded for Battery Checks

Most 787 Dreamliners Grounded for Battery Checks

Airlines scrambled on Thursday to rearrange flights as Europe, Japan, Qatar and India joined the United States in grounding Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner passenger jets while battery-related problems are investigated.

Poland’s state-controlled LOT Airlines said it would seek compensation from Boeing for grounding its two planes. It expects delivery of three more Dreamliners by the end of March, but would only take them if the technical issues have been resolved, deputy chief Tomasz Balcerzak told a news conference.

The lightweight, mainly carbon-composite plane has been plagued by recent mishaps, raising concerns over its use of lithium-ion batteries. An All Nippon Airways domestic flight made an emergency landing on Wednesday after warning lights indicated a battery problem.

For the complete story by James Topham and Alwyn Scott of Reuters, click here.

Updated: January 17, 2013 — 11:13 AM
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