Ethiopian Air wants compensation for 787 grounding

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Associated Press

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 7 at 5:04 AM

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines says his company will seek compensation from Boeing for the grounding of its 787 Dreamliner planes.

Tewolde Gebremariam told The Associated Press on Tuesday his company will soon start discussions with Boeing over compensation.

The airline grounded its four Dreamliners in January following the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration order for a safety review on the aircraft after incidents of overheating by its lithium batteries. Ethiopian Airlines began flying the 787s again last month.

Gebremariam said his company's focus had been on getting the Dreamliners back into service. Now that they are flying again, the company's next step is to start compensation discussions with Boeing.

Boeing couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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