ANA (All Nippon Airways) has reported that it will resume services with its Boeing 787 fleet from 1st June, 2013, following the successful completion of a series of battery system modifications, numerous safety checks (over 200 were schedule for May) and test flights. The reintroduction of the 787 aircraft will result in partial amendments to ANA's summer flight schedule for international and domestic services.
ANA and JAL were both affected by Dreamliner battery issues in January, which sparked the investigation of the lithium-ion battery on the 787 and a lengthy and expensive grounding during that investigation.
ANA said that it will also introduce the Dreamliner onto a further three international routes from this summer – Narita to Beijing and Shanghai and Haneda to Taipei – bringing the number of overseas destinations served by the 787 to five.
Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO of ANA, said in a statement: “We are pleased to announce that our 787 aircraft will be reintroduced on scheduled flights from June onwards. ANA’s priority is the safety of our passengers. Our engineers have worked closely with Boeing to undertake the required improvements and we are fully satisfied with the safety of our 787 fleet.”
The airline also plans to establish a website for consumers to help ease any fears on the safety issues of the ANA Dreamliner. ANA currently owns 17 of 50 Boeing Dreamliners. JAL has seven in its fleet.
The schedules for the Narita to Seattle and Narita to San Jose routes had not been finalized from June onwards, but these flights will now operate from June 1. The reservations service for these routes will reopen on May 10, 2013 (Friday).