787 Dreamliner Battery Probe Could Take Months

GS Yuasa Corp., the company that makes batteries used on Boeing Co.’s new 787 planes, said Thursday it may take months to complete an investigation into what caused an emergency landing of an All Nippon Airways Co. Dreamliner.

The company needs to find out whether the emergency landing Wednesday in Kagawa Prefecture was caused by an issue with its battery or the entire electrical system, GS Yuasa spokesman Hiroharu Nakano said. The plane’s electrical system needs to be dismantled for the investigation.

Shares of Kyoto-based GS Yuasa fell as much as 7.5 percent, the most in almost three months, Thursday after a suspected battery fire on the ANA jet triggered the grounding.

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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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