The Straits Times
Published on Jan 19, 2013

Boeing suspends 787 Dreamliner aircraft deliveries


WASHINGTON - American aerospace giant Boeing has halted deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner but said it would continue to build the aircraft while safety experts examine its battery and electrical systems.

The announcement capped a week in which all 50 787s in service around the world were grounded on orders from multiple aviation authorities to investigate the cause of two incidents, including a fire, linked to its batteries.

"We will not deliver 787s until the FAA approves a means of compliance with their recent Airworthiness Directive concerning batteries and the approved approach has been implemented," a Boeing spokesman said, referring to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). "Production of 787s continues," he added.

Dreamliners had been flying in Chile, Ethiopia, India, Japan, Poland, Qatar and the United States until their flights were stopped after a global alert issued by the FAA.