Qatar Airways has become the latest carrier to ground its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

The move follows instructions by both the US Federal Aviation Administration and Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority.

Qatar Airways has five 787s in its fleet and recently started using the aircraft on flights to Heathrow from Doha.

Chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “I previously stated that Qatar Airways will only stop operating our Dreamliners if we receive such an instruction from regulators.

“Safety remains the number one priority for Qatar Airways. We ensure all our aircraft meet the most stringent safety standards and this will not be compromised in any way.

“In light of recent events surrounding the Boeing 787 Dreamliner worldwide, we are actively working with Boeing and the regulators to restore full customer confidence in the 787.”

He added: “Qatar Airways will resume 787 operations when we are clear that the aircraft meets the full requirements of the Airworthiness Directive and our standards which assure the safety of our passengers and crew at all times.

“So we are not flying the aircraft until and only such a time this is achieved.

“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.”

Affected passengers will be accommodated on other flights.