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Ethiopian launches first 787 Dreamliner flight since grounding

First published: April 27, 2013, 8:54 PM IST | Updated: April 27, 2013
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Ethiopian launches first 787 Dreamliner flight since grounding
Dreamliners had been grounded on January 16 after two battery meltdowns that occurred on two jets within two weeks that month.

Addis Ababa: Ethiopian Airlines on Saturday became the world's first carrier to resume flights with Boeing Co's 787 Dreamliner passenger jets, a Reuters witness said, three months after they were grounded over battery meltdowns.

An Ethiopian Dreamliner passenger jet left Addis Ababa for a scheduled flight to Nairobi just before 11 am and was due to arrive in Kenya about two hours later.

US regulators approved a new lithium-ion battery design last week, clearing the way for installation and a resumption of Dreamliner flights by international carriers. Dreamliners had been grounded on January 16 after two battery meltdowns that occurred on two jets within two weeks that month.

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