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Airlines scrambling to replace grounded Dreamliners with other planes

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Jan. 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm with No Comments »
January 23, 2013 2:48 pm

Airlines around the world are scrambling to get passengers to their destinations on routes formerly flown be now-grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Aviation authorities worldwide have grounded the composite-bodied planes because of two incidents involving lithium ion batteries catching fire or melting aboard two 787s.

At Sea-Tac Airport, for instance, one of the few U.S. airports served by the 787, All Nippon Airways has canceled flights destined for Tokyo’s Narita Airport normally flown by the Dreamliner.  In that plane’s place, ANA is using a larger Boeing 777 to fly the route every other day.

At Boston’s Logan Airport, where a battery aboard a Japan Air Lines 787 caught fire after the plane had landed and discharged passengers, JAL is following a similar pattern as ANA has at Sea-Tac. The Japanese airline has canceled 787 flights. Every other day, JAL is substituting a 777 on the Boston-Tokyo route.

In San Jose, Calif., ANA has cancelled all of its Dreamliner flights to Tokyo. The airline is busing passengers to San Francisco International Airport for flights to Tokyo from there.

United Airlines, the only U.S. carrier to own Dreamliners, the airline is substituting a 777 on its Los Angeles-Tokyo flight and will use a 777 on its Houston-Lagos flight through Feb. 15.

LOT Polish Airlines has substituted a Boeing 767 on its Chicago-Warsaw flight, and Chile’s LAN Airlines is using a 767 to connect Los Angeles with Santiago in lieu of a 787.


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