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25 April 2013 09:09
The grounded 787 Dreamliner from Boeing could be delivered within weeks
The 787 Dreamliner could be taken on by major airlines in the UK in the next few weeks following the grounding of the whole worldwide fleet earlier in the year. Problems arose when battery smoke emerged from two flights run by a Japanese carrier, with the resultant grounding of the fleet coming as a big setback to several UK-based companies.
For instance, Thomson wanted to run the Dreamliner from May 1, with eight of the planes having been set to run routes to Mexico and Florida, from Glasgow, Manchester, Gatwick and East Midlands airports. And British Airways had expected 24 of the planes to be delivered next month. Now US aviation authority the FAA has given permission for the Dreamliners to start service again and for a resumption of deliveries.
Safety problems in the world of aviation come as a reminder for holidaymakers to check they are covered by
worldwide travel insurance. The improvement work on Boeing's new flagship ultra green aircraft should mean the guaranteed safety of the plane, said Larry Loftis, the company's 787 programme vice-president and general manager. However, he said the root cause of the battery failure might never be known.
22 March 2017
Mountaineers looking to scale the world's highest peak may need to shell out for a GPS device, according to Nepal's tourism chief.
21 March 2017
The effects of being in skyscrapers, at concerts or even walking on wobbly bridges could help scientists understand the experiences of dementia sufferers, researchers are claiming.
18 March 2017
A young actor has released pictures of a lump on her throat that turned out to be thyroid cancer, with hopes the image will raise awareness and alert others who may be suffering from the disease.
17 March 2017
A "promising treatment" for aggressive blood cancer needs more evidence of its effectiveness before NHS doctors will be able to prescribe, a watchdog is warning.
16 March 2017
Millions of Brits are opting for coach holidays over jet-setting and cruises, new research indicates.
15 March 2017
Thousands of flights to and from America's north east have been cancelled in preparation for a "life-threatening" storm poised to hit the country.
14 March 2017
Seniors who experience weight loss should not put it down to the normal ageing process, experts are warning.
11 March 2017
Gatwick Airport is insisting it is still a "credible and deliverable" expansion option, as the airport experienced its busiest ever February.
08 March 2017
Strikes by French air traffic controllers (ATCs) are leading to delays and cancellations across the UK.
10 March 2017
Waiting times for kidney transplant patients have fallen significantly, health officials have said.
09 March 2017
A Dutch snowboarder has been fatally injured in the second avalanche to hit the French Alps in 24 hours.
07 March 2017
The risk of developing a deadly form of breast cancer can be cut by 40% by following a Mediterranean diet, new research has found.