Japan's ANA to resume Dreamliner flights on Sunday
24 May 2013
Japan's All Nippon Airways, the first airline to use Boeing's 787 'Dreamliner' – and also the first to ground the aircraft after a fire incident – said today it will resume commercial flights of the Dreamliner on Sunday, just over four months after the grounding.
ANA said in a statement that it will run five commercial 787 flights in May, before regular scheduled services begin on 1 June. The first will be a commercial flight late Sunday from Chitose, on the northern island of Hokkaido, to Tokyo's Haneda Airport.
Smouldering batteries on two 787s, one of them owned by ANA, prompted authorities across the world to ground the planes in January. The failure of Boeing's newest, flashiest and most important plane embarrassed the company and its customers.
ANA said it has modified all 17 of its 787 aircraft and conducted 170 proving flights.