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United cuts 787 from February schedule

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  • A line of Boeing 787 jets are parked Tuesday at Paine Field in Everett, Wash.

      A line of Boeing 787 jets are parked Tuesday at Paine Field in Everett, Wash.
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CHICAGO -- United Airlines is taking the troubled Boeing 787 out of its flying plans for the rest of this month.

The airline says it has replaced its six 787s with other planes through the end of February. The 787s were grounded by the government last month.

United Continental Holdings Inc. spokeswoman Megan McCarthy says the plane swaps include new flights from Houston to Lagos, Nigeria, which were supposed to switch to a 787 in late January. She says United still plans to start new flights from Denver to Tokyo's Narita airport on March 31.

Japan's All Nippon Airways has also removed 787s from its schedule through month's end.

The National Transportation Safety Board says it is weeks away from knowing what caused a 787 battery to catch fire on Jan. 7.

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