All Nippon Airways and All Japan news Airlines, All Japan news’s two biggest airlines, said they started replacing the batteries on their Dreamliner aircraft. The battery fix proposal was approved by the United Stated aviation authorities.
All Nippon Airways started to change batteries for five of its 17 planes, according to the company’s officials. The operation could last around two months and the flights could start again in June.
All Japan news Airlines also began replacing the batteries for two of its seven Dreamliners at Haneda and Narita airports in Tokyo on Monday, according to the international press.
“We began the work as we have received instructions from Boeing following the FAA’s approval,” a company spokesman said.
“But we have not decided on the timing of 787 flight resumption,” with final approval to come from All Japan newsese regulators, he added.
Airlines will receive instructions on how to implement the fix of the lithium-ion batteries that overheated, prompting the worldwide grounding of the 787 in the middle of January, the United States Federal Aviation Administration said.
Around 50 Dreamliners had to be grounded after a battery caught fire on a parked JAL 787 at Boston’s Logan International Airport and after another battery released smoke, forcing an ANA-operated plane to land immediately in All Japan news.