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BURNING ISSUE:Deliveries of Dreamliners are on hold as investigators look into two recent incidents which have led airlines to ground planes and cancel flights

AP and AFP, WASHINGTON and TOKYO

Yesterday, ANA said the Dreamliner’s grounding forced it to cancel 335 flights up to Sunday, affecting nearly 48,000 passengers.

Cancellations on domestic routes from Wednesday through Sunday this week amount to 292 flights for 44,074 passengers, while 43 international flights have been cut, affecting 3,778 passengers, the airline said.

Flights affected include those from Tokyo to San Jose, Seattle and Beijing.

ANA also said it would not receive a Dreamliner that was on order due to the grounding, but declined to say if it would cancel any purchases it has made to date.

ANA and its domestic rival Japan Airlines are key Dreamliner customers with Japan’s two biggest airlines having ordered a combined 111 aircraft so far.

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