JAL & ANA to Resume Boeing 787 Flights on June 1

JAL & ANA to Resume Boeing 787 Flights on June 1

ANA7s Boeing 787 airplanes grounded at Haneda Airport.

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Boeing 787s owned by Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (JAL) and All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA), which were grounded by the Civil Aviation Bureau in January due to defective lithium-ion batteries, will resume commercial service on June 1 after a 136-day absence.

After Boeing's response and approval of the improvements on April 26 by the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the two carriers announced official schedules using the 787s beginning June 1. JAL will gradually put 787s back onto international routes starting with Narita-Boston and others on the first day. ANA will begin with six international routes on June 1 -- connecting Narita with San Jose, Beijing and Shanghai (Pudong) and Haneda with Frankfurt, Beijing and Taipei (Songshan) -- and 13 domestic routes (some of which are temporary).

When the 787 was grounded on January 16, JAL had seven of the aircraft and ANA seventeen. All of them have been parked at airports across Japan since then. Now, after the battery fix, the airlines are preparing to resume commercial service by conducting test flights to verify the aircrafts' condition as well as orientation flights to give pilots and crews time to practice and reacquaint themselves with the 787.