Ethiopian Airlines flies first 787 Dreamliner flight since suspension


Ethiopian Airlines became the world's first carrier to resume commercial flights with Boeing Co's grounded 787 Dreamliner passenger jets, a Reuters witness said, as one of the its planes left Addis Ababa for Kenya on Saturday.

The Ethiopian carrier used Boeing's Dreamliner passenger jet for a scheduled flight to Nairobi, which left the capital just before 11 am local time (0800 GMT) and was due to arrive in Kenya about two hours later.

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The flight is the first since regulators grounded the worldwide Dreamliner fleet on January 16, after two lithium-ion battery meltdowns that occurred on two jets within two weeks that month.

(Reporting By Aaron Maasho; Writing by Drazen Jorgic)