Qatar confirms 787 grounding

Qatar confirms 787 grounding
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Qatar Airways has confirmed it has grounded its Boeing 787 aircraft, as a number of airlines took similar action following the issue of an US airworthiness directive.

Chief executive Akbar Al Baker said the Federal Aviation Administration notice had prompted the move, highlighting safety as the "number on priority" for the Doha-based carrier.

He stressed Qatar is working with Boeing and the regulators to restore confidence in the Dreamliner.

"Qatar Airways will resume 787 operations when we are clear that the aircraft meets the full requirements of the airworthiness directive and our standards which assure the safety of our passengers and crew at all times," he said.

"So we are not flying the aircraft until and only such a time this is achieved."

Al Baker offered his "sincere apologies" to passengers impacted by the grounding, assuring them staff are working to make alternative arrangements.

Qatar has become the latest in a string of airlines to withdraw its 787 fleet from service following a series of malfunctions.

The carrier had been scheduled to introduce the aircraft to its Perth route from February 1.

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