ANA and United To Resume 787 Flights

ANA Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner Flights to Resume


ANA 787 Dreamliner Departs San Jose

Inaugural ANA Boeing 787 Dreamliner Flight Departs San Jose for Tokyo Narita

Louisville, KY – May 9, 2013 ( Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways, or ANA, will resume Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner flights on June 1, 2013. The 787 Dreamliner will also return to United Airlines ‘Friendly Skies’ on the same day.

Other Boeing 787 operators including Qatar Airways and Ethiopian have already brought their 787-8 Dreamliner’s back into passenger service.

United will initially operate the 787 Dreamliner on select domestic flights from Houston Intercontinental Airport. Routes the aircraft will fly initially include Houston Intercontinental (IAH) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD), as well as Denver (DEN), Newark (EWR), and Los Angeles (LAX) from the Houston base.

ANA will resume 787 flights between Tokyo-Narita (NRT) and San Jose (SJC) along with Tokyo-Narita (NRT) and Seattle (SEA). In addition to ANA resuming Dreamliner service on the two long-haul markets from Narita Airport, long-haul service will also resume June 1st on the Tokyo-Haneda (HND) to Frankfurt (FRA) route.

The resumption of the ANA flight from San Jose Mineta International (SJC) will once again provide a direct connection between Innovation City USA and Tokyo, a nonstop market in high demand according to Carl Guardino of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. It’s quite fitting Boeing’s most innovative aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, will be operating the non-stop flights from Innovation City USA.

ANA Boeing 787-8 Arrives SJC

ANA Boeing 787-8 Arrives into Gate at San Jose

ANA will also operate the Dreamliner on flights between Tokyo-Narita (NRT) and Beijing (PEK), currently serviced with a smaller Boeing 737-700. Additionally, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner will replace the 767-300 used on flights between Tokyo-Narita (NRT) and Shanghai (PVG) as well as Tokyo-Haneda (HND) and Taipei’s Songshan Airport (TSA).

The Taipei and Beijing flights will be upgauged to the 787-8 on June 1, 2013, while the Shanghai will convert to the 787 on August 1st.

ANA 787 in Hangar at Haneda

ANA Boeing 787 Receives a Full Inspection in Hangar at Tokyo Haneda

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Safety

Prior to resumption of Boeing 787-8 flights on June 1st, ANA completed a series of safety checks and test flights. It was ANA which initially grounded the aircraft – voluntarily – on January 16, 2013, after an in-flight incident with the lithium-ion battery system on a Japanese domestic flight.

Osamu Shinobe, President and CEO of ANA, said “We are pleased to announce that our 787 aircraft will be reintroduced on scheduled flights from June onwards. ANA’s priority is the safety of our passengers. Our engineers have worked closely with Boeing to undertake the required improvements and we are fully satisfied with the safety of our 787 fleet.”

While the root cause of the lithium-ion battery problems which grounded the Boeing 787 have yet to be uncovered, Boeing in conjunction with Thales and Japanese battery maker GS Yuasa have developed an improved battery. The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Japanese Authorities have certified the modified battery system and are confident in it’s safety.

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