United continues to fly 787s

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United Airlines continues to fly its six Boeing 787s, following the emergency landing of an All Nippon Airways (ANA) 787 in Japan on 16 January.

"We inspected all of our 787 aircraft and they are flying as scheduled," says the Chicago-based carrier. "We are continuing to support Boeing and the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] throughout their review."

ANA and Japan Airlines (JAL) have voluntarily grounded their fleets of 787 following the emergency landing, which was due to multiple messages about the aircraft's battery function and smoke in the cockpit.

United is the third largest 787 operator after ANA and JAL.

The airline temporarily grounded its fleet of 787s for inspections in December after one of its aircraft made an emergency landing at New Orleans while enroute from Houston Intercontinental to Newark.