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Qatar Airways grounds its 787s

by ASC Staff on Jan 17, 2013




Qatar Airways is grounding its fleet of 787 planes with immediate effect.

The move complies with instructions of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States and Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority.

It also follows moves by India, Japan and Chile to ground all 787s flying in those countries

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “I previously stated that Qatar Airways will only stop operating our Dreamliners if we receive such an instruction from regulators.
“Safety remains the number one priority for Qatar Airways. We ensure all our aircraft meet the most stringent safety standards and this will not be compromised in any way.

“In light of recent events surrounding the Boeing 787 Dreamliner worldwide, we are actively working with Boeing and the regulators to restore full customer confidence in the 787.

“Qatar Airways will resume 787 operations when we are clear that the aircraft meets the full requirements of the Airworthiness Directive and our standards which assure the safety of our passengers and crew at all times. So we are not flying the aircraft until and only such a time this is achieved.

“Qatar Airways would like to express our sincere apologies to passengers booked on our 787 flights, but we are sure they will understand our concerns in view of recent events with other 787 operators around the world. Our staff are assisting all affected passengers to be accommodated on other flights to get them to their final destination with minimum inconvenience.”

Today's 787 service from Heathrow, flight QR076, due to depart at 15.05, is currently showing as 'cancelled' on the Healthrow departures web page.

Qatar Airways currently has five Boeing 787-8 aircraft in its fleet.

Only this week, it announced that it would be deploying the 787s on several new routes in Europe.


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