Qatar Airways postpones route launch

04 March 2013

Delay to Chengdu route blamed on Dreamliner grounding

Qatar Airways has been forced to postpone the launch of flights to Chengdu, China, following the grounding of its Dreamliner Boeing 787 aircraft in January.

The three-flights-a-week was meant to start from 19 March, but the route has been postponed until a later unspecified date.

The airline has also decided to reduce capacity of its soon-to-be launched route to Chicago. Scheduled to start from10 April, the Doha-Chicago route will only operate three-times-a-week, not rising to the originally planned daily service until 15 June.

Qatar Airways decided to ground its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners in mid-January following recommendations by the US aviation authorities after an aircraft operated by Nippon Airways had to make an emergency landing due to a malfunctioning battery on 16 January.

Airlines across the globe have stopped operating their Dreamliner aircraft earlier this year.

Concerns surrounding the safety of Boeing’s Dreamliners had been growing, with a string of incidents afflicting the aircraft model in recent months, including fuel leaks, a cracked cockpit window and an electrical fire.

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