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Boeing suspends 787 Dreamliner deliveries

Posted on Jan 19, 09:46PM | IBNS

U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing has suspended deliveries of the its 787 Dreamliner model until a battery problem is resolved but will continue its production.

All 50 Dreamliners in service around the world have been grounded while safety tests are carried out, following the emergency landing of a Japanese airliner because of a fault.

The US Federal Aviation Administration has also joined the investigation into the faults.

Earlier Boeing had on Wednesday insisted its 787 Dreamliners were safe.

"We are confident the 787 is safe and we stand behind its overall integrity," Boeing CEO Jim McNerney had said in a statement.

"We will be taking every necessary step in the coming days to assure our customers and the travelling public of the 787's safety and to return the airplanes to service," he added.

Air India on Thursday had grounded all the six Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft it operates.

"The FAA has issued an advisory to ground the Dreamliners. We took a decision after that," director-general of civil aviation Arun Mishra said.

"As of now there is no clarity on when the Dreamliners will be back in service. Boeing has to satisfy everyone with safety standards," he added.

Two more Boeing 787 aircraft, which were scheduled to be delivered to India at the end of the financial year, are also on hold.

On Wednesday, Japan grounded 24 Dreamliners owned by two of its airlines - ANA (All Nippon Airways) and Japan Airlines following some technical problems.