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United sees Boeing 787 grounded through March 30

Published on Feb 20, 2013 6:07 AM
 
An All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 787 Dreamliner is seen after making an emergency landing at Takamatsu airport in western Japan Jan 16, 2013, in this photo taken by Kyodo. A second lithium-ion battery on the Boeing Co Dreamliner forced to make an emergency landing in Japan last month was found to have irregularities, a Japan Transportation Safety Board official said on Feb 19, 2013. The jet, flown by ANA, was forced to make the landing after its main battery failed. -- FILE PHOTO : REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - United Airlines said on Tuesday it expected to keep its Boeing 787s out of service through March 30, a fresh sign of how long the aircraft may be kept grounded worldwide to fix a battery problem.

United, the only US airline that operates Boeing's cutting-edge aircraft, said it was scheduling alternate planes through March 30 while its seven 787 Dreamliners remained grounded.

"We are further adjusting our published flight schedules to show alternate aircraft in place of our six Boeing 787s through March 30," Christen David, a spokesman for United, said in an emailed response to an AFP query.

"We will make further adjustments in the future as we gain more visibility on the question of when service will be restored," she said.

 
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