United delays San Francisco-Taipei to 2014

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United Airlines has delayed the launch of its nonstop between San Francisco and Taipei to March 2014, due to the continued grounding of its Boeing 787 fleet.

The Chicago-based carrier says that it needs the Boeing 777-200 that it would use on the route for flights that were to be flown by the 787, in an employee newsletter today.

United previously pushed back the launch of the flight to 6 June from 11 April due to the 787 grounding, which began in January.

Boeing is conducting certification test flights for its proposed fix to the battery-related issues on the 787. Most airlines anticipate that the aircraft will return to service in June.

United has also delayed the launch of its flight between Denver and Tokyo Narita to 6 June due to the on-going 787 grounding.