LAN Says No Date For 787s To Fly Again

February 26, 2013

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LAN has not set a date to start flying its Boeing 787 Dreamliners again, a company source said, after a local newspaper reported the Chilean airline would keep its three 787s grounded until June 29.

Regulators around the world last month joined the United States in grounding 787s after a series of battery-related problems. "We're awaiting the FAA's approval and that Boeing confirms that approval, so there's no date for operations to resume," the source said.

Chile's Diario Financiero reported on Tuesday that LAN's 787s would fly the Santiago-Lima-Los Angeles route again as of June 30.

LAN, which last year took over Brazilian rival TAM to form the regional LATAM Airlines Group, has not commented about the 787's battery problems.