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Qatar Airways Grounds Boeing Dreamliners

Jan. 17, 2013

Qatar Airways Thursday grounded its fleet of five Boeing 787 Dreamliners, the official Qatar News Agency reported, after the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it was investigating battery problems that raised safety concerns.

"Qatar Airways will resume Boeing 787 operations when it is assured that this type of aircraft meets all aeronautical requirements as well as our criteria to guarantee the safety of our passengers and crew at all times," said the carrier's managing director, Akbar al-Bakir.

Airlines in the United States, Japan, India, Europe and Chile have grounded their Dreamliners following the US request to temporarily halt operations.

It was the first time in 34 years that the FAA had issued such a directive.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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