China formally approves Boeing's Dreamliner for use

Thu May 23, 2013 9:39am EDT
 
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BEIJING (Reuters) - China's civil aviation regulator on Thursday formally approved Boeing Co's (BA.N: Quote) 787 Dreamliner for use in the country, clearing the way for Chinese airlines to start operating the aircraft, which has been plagued with problems.

The regulator made the announcement in a short statement on its website (www.caac.gov.cn), without giving further details.

China Southern Airlines Co Ltd (1055.HK: Quote) (600029.SS: Quote) ZNH.N and smaller rival Hainan Airlines (600221.SS: Quote) are among the global carriers which have ordered the aircraft.

The 787 Dreamliner was grounded worldwide in January after batteries overheated on jets owned by ANA Holdings Inc (9202.T: Quote) and Japan Airlines Co Ltd (9201.T: Quote).

Investigators in the United States and Japan have yet to establish what caused the batteries to overheat.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; editing by Jason Neely)

 
The Boeing 787 lands in Everett, Washington travelling with crew only from Fort Worth, Texas February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin P. Casey