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Ethiopian Airlines pulls 787 out of service, says planes performing well

Ethiopian Airlines announced that following the directive of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, it has decided to temporarily pull its Boeing 787 Dreamliners out of service for precautionary inspection on Thursday, January 17. Ethiopian said its Dreamliners have not encountered the type of problems such as those experienced by the other operators. However, it stated, "As an extra precautionary safety measure and in line with its commitment of putting safety above all else, Ethiopian has decided to pull out its four Dreamliners from operation and perform the special inspection requirements mandated by the US FAA." The airline has been operating the Dreamliner since mid-August last year. Ethiopian said it’s Dreamliners "have been performing well in the five months service logging record length of non-stop flights and record high daily aircraft utilization in the industry." Since it first received the Dreamliner, Ethiopian has logged 5,560 flight hours with average daily aircraft utilization of 14 hours.