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Dreamliner maintenance delays flight in Poland

Invited guests for the world premiere of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner are reflected in the fuselage of the aircraft at the 787 assembly plant in Everett, Washington, July 8, 2007. REUTERS/Robert Sorbo

WARSAW (Reuters) - A Boeing (BA) 787 Dreamliner flight operated by Polish airline LOT (LOT.WA) was delayed on Friday because regular maintenance lasted longer than expected, the airline said.

The jet was replaced with another Dreamliner, allowing the charter flight to take off for its destination in the Dominican Republic, a LOT spokeswoman said.

"The Dominican Republic flight was delayed today. The Dreamliner which was to fly required a slightly longer technical maintenance. So it was replaced with another Dreamliner," said Barbara Pijanowska-Kuras.

"There was no glitch," with the aircraft undergoing maintenance she said.

Boeing's Dreamliners have been dogged with technical problems, the latest on Tuesday when smoke was emitted from the battery of a jet operated by Japan Airlines <9201.T>.

LOT is to receive about $30 million in compensation from Boeing for earlier faults that grounded its Dreamliner jets.

(Reporting by Marcin Goclowski; Editing by Christian Lowe)