By Thursday morning (Jan 17), the 787 had been grounded in the US, Europe, Japan, Chile and India. This follows a number of incidents, particularly in Japan, over recent weeks. In this picture, All Nippon Airways (ANA) vice president Osamu Shinobe (R) and executive Hiroyuki Ito (L) bow their heads at a press conference at Haneda airport in Tokyo on Jan 16. This came after an ANA 787 made an emergency landing after smoke was reportedly seen inside the cockpit. Following the incident, ANA and Japan Airlines, which operate 24 787s between them, grounded all their 787s (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images).
A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by All Nippon Airways (ANA) sits on the tarmac after an emergency landing at Takamatsu Airport in Takamatsu, west of Japan, on January 16, 2013. Emergency escape chutes can be seen attached to the side of the aircraft (JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images).
All Nippon Airways (ANA) vice president Osamu Shinobe (C) speaks at a press conference at the Haneda airport in Tokyo on January 16, 2013 (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images).
Emergency chutes are removed from an All Nippon Airways (ANA) 787 after it made an emergency landing on January 16 (JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images).
An All Nippon Airways (ANA) 787 is pulled by a towing tractor at Tokyo's Haneda airport on January 16, 2013 (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images).
Japanese investigators inspect a 787 at Takamatsu airport on January 17. Authorities have said all the 787s flown by Japanese airlines must remain grounded until their batteries are confirmed to be safe (JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images).
Japanese Vice Transport Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama speaks to the media at his office in Tokyo on January 17, 2013. His department ordered all 787s in Japan to be taken out of service (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images).
A United Airlines 787 takes off at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on January 9. US, European and Japanese regulators have grounded the 787 after a number of incidents, culminating in an emergency landing by an All Nippon 787 this week (David McNew/Getty Images).
Qatar Airways released a statement on January 17 stating that it too was taking the 787 out of service. Qatar's Civil Aviation Authority joined regulators in the US, Japan, Europe, Chile and India in deciding that it was best to ground the plane. In a statement, Qatar Airways' CEO Akbar Al Baker said: "Qatar Airways would like to express our sincere apologies to passengers booked on our 787 flights, but we are sure they will understand our concerns in view of recent events with other 787 operators around the world."
By Thursday afternoon (Jan 17), Ethiopian Airlines was the only airline left to announce whether or not it was grounding its 787s. In this image, from August 2012, an Ethiopian Airlines 787 is welcomed on arrival in Addis Ababa (JENNY VAUGHAN/AFP/GettyImages).