Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ethiopian Airlines to seek compensation from Boeing for the grounding of 787 Dreamliner planes

In a call to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Chief Executive Officer Tewolde Gebremariam of Ethiopian Airlines confirmed that the airline will seek compensation from Boeing for the grounding of its 787 Dreamliner planes.
Boeing's 50 Dreamliner jets were grounded in mid-January after incidents with fires caused by a failure in the aircraft’s' heavy duty lithium ion batteries.
Ethiopian was the first airline to resume flights of the Dreamliner last month, with a flight between Addis Ababa and Nairobi on April 27
Other airlines are also said to be in discussions with Boeing about compensation. On Monday (7th May), the Indian Aviation Minister said that Boeing had agreed to compensate Air India, although he did not provide any details.

In a statement, Boeing CEO Jim McNerney said that Boeing would “work with customers to ensure that the disruption doesn’t hurt their results and their operation more than it needs to.”
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner that can seat 210 to 290 passengers. Boeing states that it is the company's most fuel-efficient airliner and the world's first major airliner to use composite materials as the primary material in the construction of its airframe.