DENVER — United Airlines has cut the grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliner from its flying plans at least until June and postponed new Denver-to-Tokyo flights. Investigators are trying to find what caused a battery fire in one plane and forced the emergency landing of another last month. The world’s 50 787s have been grounded since Jan. 16.
United said the plane could fly earlier than June 5 if a fix is found. United was to begin flying from Denver to Tokyo on March 31. It’s postponing the start of those flights at least until May 12.
United has said the flights are a perfect fit for the midsize, fuel-efficient 787. The thinking is that Denver would be unlikely to fill a bigger plane for a flight to Tokyo. But it can fill the plane’s 219 seats.
LOT Polish Airlines has said it will keep its 787s grounded through October.
The Federal Aviation Administration has said it won’t clear 787s to fly until Boeing can show they are safe. Boeing intends to propose a plan to federal regulators on Friday to temporarily fix problems with the 787’s batteries, a congressional official said.
Boeing has declined to talk about any planned meetings with federal officials.