United Airlines has decided to postpone their planned resumption of flights to Taiwan. The flights between San Francisco and Taipei were to resume in June, but now the airline is saying they have to put that resumption of flights on hold until March 31, 2014 due to a shortage of planes caused by the grounding of the Boeing 787 Dreamliners. United Airlines currently has six Dreamliner aircraft, but all Dreamliners have been grounded since mid-January due to battery safety issues.
The original San Francisco-Taipei route was launched in 1986, but the serve was dropped in 2003 with the SARS outbreak. Service on the route was resumed in June of 2007, but was again ceased in September 2008, when the global financial crisis produced a decline in demand for flights. Now that Taiwan has been included in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, travel to and from Taiwan has been on the increase.
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