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United Airlines postpones Taiwan flights

TAIPEI -- United Airlines has decided to postpone its planned resumption of flight service between San Francisco and Taipei to March 31, 2014.

In a recent announcement, the U.S. air carrier said the postponement was caused by a shortage of planes due to the grounding of all Boeing 787 aircraft in operation around the world. United Airlines currently has six of the planes.

All Boeing 787 planes have been grounded by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration since Jan. 16 pending investigation into their battery problems.

United Airlines launched the San Francisco-Taipei route in 1986. The service was suspended in 2003 in the wake of the SARS outbreak.

The route was resumed in June 2007, but was suspended again in September 2008 because of declining demand amid the global financial crisis.

With two-way travel increasing following Taiwan's inclusion in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program in November 2012, the airline had planned to resume the service in June this year.

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