Tokyo: All Nippon Airways Co. (ANA) which has the largest Dreamliner fleet in the world, resumed regular 787 services on its 12 domestic routes and five international routes and it was Japan Airlines Corporation’s (JAL) first commercial Dreamliner service when it scheduled 787 flights from Tokyo’s Haneda airport.
JAL, which has seven Dreamliners will use them on five global services, The Japan times reports.
ANA President Osamu Shinobe assured passengers at a boarding gate at Haneda airport said that the firm will do its best for the passengers to have a safe and comfortable flight.
Both JAL and ANA are confident that passengers are not shunning the flights as JAL said that it has seen no change to June reservations for Dreamliner services compared with last year, while ANA reported that bookings have increased by nine percent.
JAL President Yoshiharu Ueki said that they can even fly transoceanic flights without any concern.
However, some aviation officials have voicetheir disagreement with the use of 787s for long-haul services.
Although Boeing claims that it has eliminated all risks of future battery fires, and has been approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in April, the root cause of the technical defect has yet to be identified.
ANA made an emergency landing in January at Takamatsu Airport after the cockpit began to fill with smoke. The lithium-ion battery installed in the plane was later found to be severely damaged and charred. Earlier that month, a battery aboard a JAL-operated Dreamliner caught fire while the jet was parked at Boston’s Logan International Airport, the report added.
First Published: Sunday, June 02, 2013, 20:54