Grounded Boeings costs LOT airline $50,000 a day
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[February 21, 2013]
WARSAW, Poland (AP)
LOT Polish Airlines is losing $50,000 a day due to the grounding of its two Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes, according to government information made public on Wednesday.
LOT, a deeply indebted state-run airline, was the first European one to get the Dreamliners. Deputy Treasury Minister Rafal Baniak put total losses due to the grounded planes Wednesday at 8 million zlotys ($2.5 million).
The global grounding of Dreamliners due to problems with its lithium batteries has been a big blow to the airline. It is still waiting for six more 787s to be delivered, several of them early this year.