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Japan's ANA grounds Dreamliner fleet until May

Published on Feb 25, 2013 2:47 PM
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Japan's All Nippon Airways said on Monday that it was grounding its fleet of Dreamliners until at least the end of May, with no end in sight to woes for Boeing's next generation plane. --FILE PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's All Nippon Airways said on Monday that it was grounding its fleet of Dreamliners until at least the end of May, with no end in sight to woes for Boeing's next generation plane.

The airline is cancelling 1,714 flights in April and May, a period that includes Japan's busy Golden Week holidays, taking the total affected to more than 3,600 since the Dreamliner was ordered out of the skies in January.

Of the newly-announced cancellations, 1,250 are domestic and 464 are international flights, including those bound for Seoul, Seattle and Frankfurt.

"Unfortunately, it includes Golden Week, but we have decided to inform our customers in advance as the prospect for their resumption is still unseen," a company spokeswoman said.

 
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