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Dreamliner Gets OK From U.K. Airlines

July 15, 2013

British Airways and other UK airlines flying Boeing's Dreamliner today threw their support behind the troubled jet, which caught fire at Heathrow on Friday.

BA, owned by International Airlines Group, said its plans "have not changed" and it still intends to fly the 787 plane on its inaugural route from London to Toronto from September. The jet will also be tested on routes to Stockholm from next month.

Investigators are still trying to find the cause of Friday's blaze on an Ethiopian Airlines' Dreamliner, which took place months after the aircraft was grounded worldwide over a battery problem.

No one was injured but Heathrow's runways were closed for 90 minutes, and some flights delayed by more than six hours. A Thomson Airways 787 then faced a separate technical problem, which forced its Manchester to Florida flight to return to the UK.

But the UK carrier, which has three Dreamliners flying from the UK to Cancun in Mexico and Florida, said its 787 flights will continue and will receive five more craft before May 2015. Virgin Atlantic also said it is still committed to taking delivery of 16 of the planes from the autumn of 2014.

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