IATA’s Tyler Says 787 Grounding ‘Huge Problem’ for Airlines

The grounding of Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliners is causing a “huge problem” for some airlines, the International Air Transport Association’s Chief Executive Officer Tony Tyler said.

Grounding is a “huge problem for the airlines that have already taken deliveries of those aircraft, and others who are awaiting delivery,” Tyler said on Bloomberg Television’s “On the Move” with Rishaad Salamat today. “Yes, big problem.”

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners have been grounded since Jan. 16 following two incidents in which lithium-ion batteries smoldered and emitted smoke. The Chicago-based planemaker awaits a response from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration after submitting its plan to fix the jet’s batteries.

The FAA grounded the Dreamliner following a Jan. 7 fire on a Japan Airlines Co. 787 parked in Boston and a battery fault that triggered an emergency landing in Japan by an All Nippon Airways Co. plane.

ANA plans to cancel 1,250 domestic 787 flights and 464 international 787 flights from March 31 to May 31, the company said in a statement today. A total of 3,601 Dreamliner flights will be canceled from Jan. 16 to May 31, it said.

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