Boeing says it paid airlines for 787 grounding

Boeing says it paid airlines for 787 grounding

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A Boeing 787-8 was diverted to Seattle due to an mechanical problem, June 18, 2013.

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by JOSHUA FREED, AP Business Writer

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Posted on July 24, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 10:22 AM

Boeing says it has finished paying airline customers whose 787s were grounded earlier this year.

The company isn't saying how much it spent. It wasn't enough to show up in the company's financial results on Wednesday.

Fifty 787s were grounded for almost four months because of problems with their batteries. Several airlines said they wanted compensation. Airlines have to keep making payments on planes whether they're flying or not. The Polish government has said the grounding cost LOT Polish Airlines more than $30 million in lost flights alone.

On Wednesday, Boeing CEO Jim McNerney said he doesn't think the plane maker faces additional payouts.

He also said Boeing is working with Ethiopian Airlines on how to repair a 787 that caught fire in London on July 12.

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