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Boeing suspends 787 deliveries

In-production Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft sits at the Boeing production in Everett, Washington, February 17, 2012
In-production Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft sits at the Boeing production facilities and factory at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, February 17, 2012. US aerospace giant Boeing said it had suspended deliveries of its new 787 Dreamliner jet until a ba

US aerospace giant Boeing said late Friday it had suspended deliveries of its new 787 Dreamliner jet until a battery problem is resolved, but continues to build the plane.

"We will not deliver 787s until the FAA approves a means of compliance with their recent Airworthiness Directive concerning batteries and the approved approach has been implemented," a Boeing spokesman said in an email.

"Production of 787s continues," he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday ordered the grounding of US-operated 787s to address the battery problem after a damaged battery on an All Nippon Airways 787 forced an emergency landing.

The risk of fire from overheating powerpacks has emerged as a major concern for Boeing's cutting-edge new planes since the incident on the domestic flight in Japan, prompting airlines around the world to ground all 50 of the 787s in service.

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