United confirms 787 inspections

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United Airlines confirms that it has inspected all of its Boeing 787s, following a fire onboard a Japan Airlines 787 at Boston Logan International airport on 7 January.

The Chicago-based carrier says that inspections were carried out overnight and completed this morning.

The inspections came after a lithium ion battery for the auxiliary power unit exploded onboard the JAL aircraft and started a fire that burned for 40min, according to the US National Transportation Safety Board. The aircraft was parked at a gate and empty at the time of the fire.

United grounded one of its six 787s for six days in December after an electrical malfunction forced the aircraft to divert to New Orleans while enroute from Houston Intercontinental to Newark on 6 December.

"We continue to work closely with Boeing on the reliability of our 787s," says the airline.