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TOKYO, Feb 7 Agencies

February 07 2013, 5:31PM

Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) says it would cancel 681 flights in March, bringing the number of flights scrapped as a result of the Boeing Dreamliner's grounding last month to nearly 1900.

ANA said it would cancel 461 domestic flights and 220 international flights in March, including flights bound for Seoul and Seattle.

Flight cancellations since the grounding now stand at 1887 and have affected more than 126,000 passengers, the carrier said.

ANA is the biggest Dreamliner customer with 17 of the world's 50 operational Boeing 787s.

In Chicago, United Airlines said it was taking the 787 out of its flying plans for the rest of this month.

United said it has replaced its six 787s with other planes.

United Continental Holdings Inc spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said the plane swaps include new flights from Houston to Lagos, Nigeria, which were supposed to switch to a 787 in late January.

She said United still plans to start new flights from Denver to Tokyo's Narita airport on March 31.

The next-generation aircraft has suffered a series of glitches since last month, prompting a global alert from the US Federal Aviation Administration that led to the worldwide grounding of all operational 787s.

The risk of fire from overheating powerpacks emerged as a major concern after pilots were forced to land a domestic ANA flight on January 16 due to smoke possibly linked to the lithium-ion battery.

Multiple probes into the fuel-efficient plane's battery system have so far proved inconclusive.

Officials say it could be weeks before they know what caused the battery fire.