Japanese airline to cancel Dreamliner flights through May

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by KING 5 News & Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 25 at 9:54 AM

Japan's All Nippon Airways has decided to cancel Dreamliner flights through May.

ANA has 17 of the planes -- more than any other airline.

The canceled flights include trips from Seattle and San Jose to Tokyo, as well as flights around Asia. The airline says flights from Frankfurt to Tokyo's Haneda airport will continue on a different type of plane.

The cancellations will run through Japan's peak traveling season through the Golden Week holiday in late April.

The 787 has been grounded since Jan. 16 because of the risk of battery fires. Other airlines that have had to cancel 787 flights include United Continental Holdings Inc. and LOT Polish Airlines.

The grounding of the Boeing 787 has affected 3,600 flights on ANA alone. Of the cancellations announced today, over 400 are international flights, and many of those fly to and from Seattle.

Boeing is expected to compensate multiple airlines for the issues with the Dreamliner, an amount some have estimated to total tens of millions of dollars.

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