IAG orders Boeing Dreamliners

International Airlines Group (IAG) said yesterday it had firmed up orders for 18 of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners, a show of confidence in the jet that has been grounded since January because of battery problems. The long-haul aircraft would replace some of British Airways’ current fleet of Boeing 747-400s between 2017 and 2021, IAG, which owns the UK airline and Spain’s flag carrier Iberia, said. Boeing has said it is confident the recent fix for the grounded jet’s battery problems would work, and chief executive Jim McNerney urged regulators on 28 March to let the plane back into service.