Qatar Airways resumes Dreamliner London service

Boeing aircraft was grounded worldwide in January following lithium-ion battery meltdown
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By Daniel Shane
Thu 16 May 2013 04:45 PM

Qatar Airways has resumed Boeing 787 Dreamliner services between Doha and London Heathrow following the worldwide growing of the aircraft in January.

The Doha-based carrier, which launched the 787 service on its London route in December, said that the first Dreamliner to resume flights to the British capital landed at 11:19 local time on Wednesday. The service, one of five daily between Qatar and the UK, arrived back in Doha a few hours later.

Qatar Airways said it planned to gradually phase in 787 flights on routes such as Munich, Frankfurt and Zurich over the coming weeks. The first of the carrier’s five Dreamliners returned on May 1 on its service between Doha and Dubai.

“I have always hailed the Dreamliner as the state-of-the-art aircraft destined to change the way people travel. After a setback that not only affected our own worldwide operations, but those of many carriers worldwide, we look forward to now deploying the Dreamliner on other key routes over the coming weeks,” said CEO Akbar Al Baker.

Boeing’s entire 787 fleet was grounded on January 16 after two lithium-ion battery meltdowns occurred on two jets from separate airlines within two weeks of each other.

US regulators approved a new battery design late last month, clearing the way for installation and a resumption of Dreamliner flights by airlines around the world. Last weekend, Ethiopian Airlines was the first carrier to resume flying the 787 aircraft.

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