Japan airlines hail Dreamliner battery fix approval

2013-03-13 08:34
Video

A smart approach to landings

2013-03-05 16:28

Interested in how Boeing is working on making landings safer than ever? Check out this video about their new Runway Situation Awareness tool. WATCH

Tokyo - Japanese airlines on Wednesday welcomed US approval of test flights of the grounded Boeing 787 with prototype versions of the battery fix, holding out hopes for a resumption of its operations.

The worldwide grounding of Dreamliners has thrown airline schedules into disarray, especially in Japan where All Nippon Airways (ANA), the biggest operator of the plane, has been forced to cancel more than 3,600 flights through to the end of May.

"ANA, as the launch customer of the 787, hopes its flights will be resumed as early as possible on condition that safety is guaranteed," said the airline spokesman, which hailed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval.

"We think the approval... is major progress towards resuming operations of the 787," he said.

A spokesman at Japan Airlines said the company believed the issue had "entered a new stage", adding the firm would continue to work in cooperation with parties concerned.

Battery maker GS Yuasa declined to comment when contacted by AFP.

Japanese airline shares climbed Wednesday morning on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, bucking a modest fall in the headline index.

ANA shares were up 0.49 percent to 203 yen by the midday break and JAL was up 1.13 percent to 4,445 yen.

US regulators Tuesday approved Boeing's plan for the 787 batteries and said the company could carry out test flights with the fix.

"The Federal Aviation Administration today approved the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company's certification plan for the redesigned 787 battery system... and the company's plan to demonstrate that the system will meet FAA requirements," the agency said in a statement.

The FAA said it had given the go-ahead after "thoroughly reviewing" Boeing's February 22 plan to address risks after lithium-ion batteries short-circuited on two 787 Dreamliner aircraft in mid-January.

A short circuit started a fire on a parked 787 at Boston's Logan Airport and smoke from a battery forced an emergency landing in Japan.

The incidents led to the grounding of all 50 787s in service worldwide on January 16.

Read more on:    flights  |  travel international

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside Travel

 
/News

#FindYourEscape with Traveller24

Your insider guide to exploring South Africa and the world...
 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.