JAL and ANA ground Boeing 787 Fleets

All Nippon Airways (ANA) and its rival Japan Airlines (JAL), the two biggest carriers in Japan, have both announced the grounding of their entire Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleets following Wednesday morning’s emergency landing at the Takamatsu airport in Kagawa Prefecture. Five day’s worth of malfunctions and problems with the new aircraft has now continued into a second week with a Tokyo-bound ANA flight landing after smoke was seen in the cockpit.

ANA and JAL are among Boeing’s most important customers, having placed a combined total of 111 of the new 787 Dreamliners. Following the news of Wednesday’s incident, both airlines announced they were taking the airplanes out of operation for safety inspections. ANA currently has 17 in operation, while JAL has seven. Spokesmen from ANA haven’t commented about the sightings of smoke, but they said a problem with the battery system resulted in an error message displayed in the cockpit. While the passengers and crew had to use the emergency exit chutes after the plane landed, none of the 138 people on board were injured.

ANA has said it is “aware” of the troubling series of incidents involving the Boeing 787 over the last week, but adds that it is not ready to comment about the emergency landing or if today’s malfunction is related to any previous problems. While some of the other issues have been relatively minor, such as a cracked windshield or a leaking fuel valve, the others have included a malfunctioning brake system and, even more alarming, a fire breaking out in the battery compartment just after a JAL flight landed in Boston. Flight regulators in both the U.S. and Japan are launching their own investigations, spurred by a growing concern from travelers.


Japan’s All Nippon Airways Grounds Dreamliners

Japan’s All Nippon Airways said on Monday it grounded part of its fleet of 787 Dreamliners after tests revealed a risk of engine corrosion, but Boeing Co, the aircraft’s manufacturer, said it does not expect the timing of deliveries of the jetliner to be affected.

The engines on the ANA planes, Trent 1000s, were supplied by Rolls-Royce, which said it was replacing a component on a number of its engines.

ANA, the launch customer for the 787, the world’s first passenger jet built mainly from lightweight carbon fiber, said the action stemmed from a flawed process that could leave part of its UK-manufactured engines vulnerable to early corrosion.

The airline grounded five of its 11 Dreamliners, but three of the twinjet airplanes have been fixed and are flying again. The other two are waiting for parts from Rolls-Royce and could be out of action for a few weeks, an ANA spokesman said.

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AirAsia-ANA win approval for budget carrier in Japan

Southeast Asias largest budget carrier AirAsia Friday said its joint venture entity AirAsia Japan has won approval from Japanese authorities to begin commercial flights.

Malaysias AirAsia and Japans All Nippon Airways last year announced they had formed a joint venture to establish a low-cost airline that will be based in Tokyo.

AirAsia said it expects to launch commercial flights to international and domestic destinations in August.

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World’s first Dreamliner now flying in Japan, All Nippon Airways 787

Boeing and All Nippon Airways celebrated on Monday the long-awaited delivery of the world’s first 787 Dreamliner airplane to the Japanese airline.

More than three years behind schedule due to production and design problems, Boeing touts its all-new 787 Dreamliner as a game changer for the aviation industry.

The Chicago-based firm says the mid-sized, long-haul plane, half of it built with lightweight composite materials, consumes 20 per cent less fuel than comparable planes its size.

It is the first mid-sized airplane capable of flying long-range routes, responding to passengers’ demands for non-stop travel, Boeing says.

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