United Airlines Grounds Most 787s Until June

United Airlines Grounds Most 787s Until June

"We are taking the 787 out of our schedule through June 5, except for Denver-Narita," UAL spokeswoman Christen David said.

WASHINGTON — United Airlines said Thursday it expected to keep its six Boeing 787s out of service until May 12, as the cutting-edge airplane remained grounded worldwide due to battery problems.

United, the only U.S. airline with the 787 Dreamliner, just two days ago announced it would keep them on the ground through March 30.

United has "tentatively" scheduled a 787 on its Denver route to Tokyo's Narita International Airport on May 12, UAL spokeswoman Christen David said in an email.

"We are taking the 787 out of our schedule through June 5, except for Denver-Narita," she said.

A person close to the situation noted the Federal Aviation Administration investigation of overheated lithium-ion batteries on the 787 was ongoing and schedule adjustments were necessary.

All 50 787s in service around the world have been banned from flight since Jan. 16 after battery smoke forced an emergency landing of one and a battery fire occurred on another.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2013

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