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JAL to pull the Boeing 787-8 from two routes due to GE engine icing concerns

JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) announced today, according to Retuters, it will pull its Boeing 787-8s from two international routes after Boeing notified the carrier of icing concerns in the General Electric GEnx engines.

The carrier was advised to not fly the aircraft with these engines near thunderstorms following a recent incident in which a 747 experienced a loss of power after flying through a thunderstorm.

JAL will remove the 787-8  on its Tokyo-Delhi and Tokyo-Singapore routes while also dropping plans to use 787-8s on its Tokyo-Sydney route starting next month.

Read the full Reuters report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA828J (msn 38438) lands after a test flight at Paine Field near Everett.

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After 16 years, Air India to serve Australia again

Air India (Mumbai) will again serve Australia after a 16-year absence. The carrier is launching a triangular route from Delhi to Sydney and Melbourne and back to Delhi four days a week starting on August 29 per this report from The Sydney Morning Herald. On the other three days of the week, the route will be Delhi-Melbourne-Sydney-Delhi. The restored route will be operated by its Boeing 787-8s. Therefore it will become the first 787 operator in Australia.

Read the full story from The Sydney Morning Herald: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VT-ANH (msn 36276) taxies to the terminal on arrival at Frankfurt.

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Air India to restore Boeing 787 service on May 22

Air India (Mumbai) will restore Boeing 787 service on May 22 from Delta to Kolkata per Airline Route. Two days later, the carrier will restore 787 service from Delhi to both Bangalore and Chennai. Air India is operating the 787 initially on domestic routes.

Copyright Photo: Duncan Kirk. Most of the Air India 787s are being built at the Charleston, SC facility. Boeing 787-8 VT-AND (msn 36278) is seen at Everett (Paine Field).

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Japan Airlines to restore Boeing 787 service on June 1

Japan Airlines-JAL (JAL Group) (Tokyo) will restore Boeing 787 passenger operations on June 1. Currently the airline is conducting test flights. The restored routes will be Tokyo (Narita)-Boston, Tokyo (Narita)-San Diego, Tokyo (Narita)-Singapore, Tokyo (Haneda)-Singapore and Tokyo (Haneda)-Beijing. A new route from Tokyo (Narita) to Helsinki will commence on July 1. The airline has issued this detailed report on the fleet and route plans:

Boeing 787-8 will return to service in sequence on June 1, 2013 after completely confirming the safety and reliability of the aircraft, including the proper installation of the improvements. JAL restarts daily service between Tokyo (Narita) and Boston as well as San Diego, and the daily nonstop service between Tokyo (Narita) and Helsinki will be launched from July 1, 2013 which was postponed in February 2013.

Larger aircraft, Boeing 777-200 ER instead of Boeing 767 will be assigned to fly between Japan and Bangkok and Honolulu in order to meet a robust passenger demand and further maximize revenue.

With the aim to achieve “Customer Satisfaction Number 1”, one of JAL Group Medium-Term Targets, JAL is actively moving ahead to provide our passengers much more quality products. 777-300 ER (JAL SKY SUITE 777) has been introduced on European and North American routes, in addition, More products like the seats are going to be refurbished on European and North American routes as well as Honolulu and Bangkok (Narita/Haneda=Bangkok) routes which Boeing 787-8 and Boeing 777-200 ER have been used for. The aircrafts equipped with personal TV will be arranged on all the international routes during the first half of fiscal year 2013(year ending March 31, 2014). JAL strives to make every customer’s journey refreshing and comfortable experience.

*The following schedules are subject to government approval.

New Route from July 1, 2013

Flight Number Route Dep. Time Arr. Time Aircraft Class Days of Operation
JL413

Narita = Helsinki

10:30

14:55

787-8

Business,

Economy

Daily

(from July 1 to Oct.26,2013)

JL414

Helsinki= Narita

17:25

09:05

Boeing 787-8 Will Be Arranged on the Following Routes**

Route     Period

Remarks

Narita = Boston

June 1,2013 ~

Daily operation from June 1,2013(4 weekly round-trip flights from Mar,31-May 31,2013)
Narita = San Diego

June 1,2013 ~

Daily operation from June 1,2013(3 weekly round-trip flights from Mar,31-May 31,2013)
Narita = Singapore

June 1,2013 ~

JL719/JL712,JL711/JL710;JL710(from Jun. 2, 2013)

Haneda = Singapore

June 1,2013 ~

Haneda = Beijing

June 1,2013 ~

Narita = Delhi

July 12,2013 ~

Narita = Moscow

September 1,2013 ~

3 weekly round-trip flights(We,Fr,Su)

Haneda = San Francisco

September 1,2013 ~

JL001(from August 31,2013)

Narita = Sydney

December 1,2013 ~

JL772(from December 2,2013)

Narita = Bangkok

December 2.2013~

JL707/JL718, 4 among 7 weekly round-trip flights;JL718(from December 3,2013)

**The type of aircraft might be changed due to the delivery schedule of the 787-8.

**Please visit http://www.jal.com/en/flight/boeing787/ to get the information regarding JAL’s Boeing 787 fleet.

 Other Aircraft Type Changes***

Route Details Period    Remarks(flight/day/aircraft)

Narita = Honolulu

From767-300ER to 777-200ER

June 1,2013 ~ JL782/JL781

Chubu = Honolulu

From 767-300ER to 777-200ER

July12,2013 ~

Kansai = Honolulu

From 767-300ER to 777-200ER

September 1,2013 ~

Kansai = Shanghai(Pudong)

From 737-800 to 767-300ER

September 1,2013 ~

Haneda = Bangkok

From 767-300ER to 777-200ER

December 1,2013 ~

Narita = Bangkok

From 767-300ER to787-8, 777-200ER

December 1,2013 ~ JL707/Mo,Tu,Th,Sa/787-8

JL707/We,Fr,Su/777-200ER

JL718/Tu,We,Fr,Su/787-8

JL718/Mo,Th,Sa/777-200ER

JL708/Daily/777-200ER

***The type of aircraft might be changed due to the delivery schedule of the 787-8.

  Flight Frequency Changes

Temporarily decrease the flight frequency in response to the passenger demand

Route Details Period

Remarks

Narita = Beijing

from 14 to 7 weekly round-trip flights

June 1 ~ July 5, 2013

JL863/JL864 decreased

  In-flight Products Improvements on the Middle-haul and Long -haul International Routes

Refurbish the products focusing on the Business class on European and North American routes

Starting with the introduction of fully flat seat to Business Class as well as spacious and functional [SKY SUITE 777] sequentially served on European and North American routes, additionally 777-300 ER and 787-8 will be practically used, and JAL SHELL FLAT NEO (Business class) will be provided on more routes. JAL SKY Wi-Fi has been serving on New York, Chicago and Los Angeles’ routes, which will be expanded sequentially on European routes.

Route Aircraft Service Period Remarks

Narita = New York

777-300ER

SKY SUITE 777.(*1)

First Class: NEW JAL SUITE

Business Class: SKY SUITE

Premium Economy: SKY PREMIUM

Economy: SKY WIDER

Operated every other day from May 1, 2013 and daily operation from the approx. May.

(*2)

Narita = Paris

July 2013~

Narita = Los Angeles

November 2013~

Narita = Chicago

January 2014~

Narita ­= Frankfurt

First Class: JAL SUITE

Business Class: JAL SHELL FLAT NEO

Operated every other day from April 2013 and daily operation from the approx. May.

Narita = Moscow

777-200ER

Provide Premium Economy Service

June 2013~the end of August 2013

Haneda = San Francisco

787-8

Business Class: JAL SHELL FLAT NEO

September 1,2013~(*3)

 

(*1)  For more detail on SKY SUITE 777, please visit http://www.jal.co.jp/en/newsky/

(*2)  The actual operating date will be introduced on JAL homepage when is has been decided

(*3)  The type of aircraft might be changed due to the delivery schedule of the 787-8.

<<International In-flight Internet Service [JAL SKY Wi-Fi]>>

Narita = Frankfurt: daily service from the approx. May 2013(currently provide every other day)

Narita = London:  daily service from the approx. July 2013 (currently provide every other day)

Narita = Paris:    provide from August 2013

In-flight products improvements on the Southeast Asia, Oceania and Honolulu routes

 

The 787-8 with JAL SHELL FLAT NEO in Business class and 777-200 ER with JALSHELL FLAT SEAT have been used for Delhi, Sydney, Tokyo (Haneda/Narita) =Bangkok and Honolulu routes, JAL will provide passengers a refreshing onboard experience with the quality in-flight products.

Route Aircraft Service Period Remarks

Narita = Delhi

787-8

Business Class: JAL SHELL FLAT NEO

July 12,2013 ~ (*1)

Narita = Sydney

777-200ER

Provide Premium Economy Service

June 2013 ~ November 30,2013

787-8

Business Class: JAL SHELL FLAT NEO

December 1,2013 ~

Haneda = Bangkok(*2)

777-200ER

Business Class: JALSHELL FLAT SEAT

December 1,2013 ~

Narita = Bangkok(*3)

December 1,2013 ~

Narita = Honolulu

(JL782/JL781)

June 1,2013 ~

Chubu = Honolulu

July 12,2013 ~

Kasai = Honolulu

September 1,2013 ~

(*1)  The type of aircraft might be changed due to the delivery schedule of the 787-8

(*2)  Haneda = Bangkok (JL33/JL34): Provide the Premium Economy Service from December 1, 2013.

(*3)  Narita = Bangkok: ten round-trip flights operated by 777-200 ER and four round-trip flights operated by 787-8 among 14 weekly flights.

Flight Number Aircraft Dates of Operation Remarks
JL717/JL708 777-200ER Daily Provide Premium Economy Service
JL707 787-8 Mo,Tu,Th,Sa
777-200ER We,Fr,Su
JL718 787-8 Tu,We,Fr,Su
777-200ER Mo,Th,Sa

The aircrafts equipped with personal TV will be arranged on all the international routes

 

The aircrafts equipped with personal TV will be arranged on Narita=Kaohsiung(*1) and Kansai=Seoul(Gimpo) routes during the first half of fiscal year 2013 to attain all JAL international routes served by aircrafts with personal TV.(*2)

(*1) Kansai=Seoul (Gimpo): Provide the Business Service from June 1, 2013

(*2) The type of aircraft might be changed due to the delivery schedule of the 787-8

New seats will be installed onto Boeing 767-300 ER

Improved 767 with fully flat seat in business class and the new spacious seat in Economy class will be served on middle-haul and long-haul routes in the Second half of Fiscal year 2013. The details of the products and available routes will be introduced as soon as they have been decided.

On the financial side, JAL Group announced its fiscal year (through March 31) operating profit had been cut by $13 million due to the 787 grounding. However the group produced a yearly net profit of $1.8 billion.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 787-8 JA828J (msn 38438) climbs away from the runway at Paine Field near Everett.

JAL-Japan Airlines: AG Slide Show

ANA test flies its Boeing 787s

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) meanwhile test flew its Boeing 787 today. It was the second test flight for the launch customer.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 787-8 N1014X became JA802A (msn 34497) on delivery in the Dreamliner special colors.

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Boeing 787s to be repaired in the order they were delivered

Boeing (Chicago) is aggressively moving ahead to make 787 battery system changes on a worldwide basis. Boeing has already dispatched teams to locations around the world to begin installing improved battery systems on the already delivered 787s. Kits with the parts needed for the new battery systems are staged for shipment and new batteries also will be shipped immediately. Teams have been assigned to customer locations to install the new systems.  According to Boeing, airplanes will be modified in approximately the order they were delivered. ANA was the first to take delivery. Boeing has issued this statement:

With the FAA approval of the battery system improvements for the 787 Dreamliner by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) clears the way for Boeing and its customers to install the approved modifications and will lead to a return to service and resumption of new production deliveries.

“FAA approval clears the way for us and the airlines to begin the process of returning the 787 to flight with continued confidence in the safety and reliability of this game-changing new airplane,” said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney. “The promise of the 787 and the benefits it provides to airlines and their passengers remain fully intact as we take this important step forward with our customers and program partners.”

The FAA’s action will permit the return to service of 787s in the United States upon installation of the improvements. For 787s based and modified outside the United States, local regulatory authorities provide the final approval on return to service.

Approval of the improved 787 battery system was granted by the FAA after the agency conducted an extensive review of certification tests.  The tests were designed to validate that individual components of the battery, as well as its integration with the charging system and a new enclosure, all performed as expected during normal operation and under failure conditions. Testing was conducted under the supervision of the FAA over a month-long period beginning in early March.

“The FAA set a high bar for our team and our solution,” said McNerney. “We appreciate the diligence, expertise and professionalism of the FAA’s technical team and the leadership of FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood throughout this process.  Our shared commitment with global regulators and our customers to safe, efficient and reliable airplanes has helped make air travel the safest form of transportation in the world today.”

Boeing, in collaboration with its supplier partners and in support of the investigations of the National Transportation Safety Board and the Japan Transport Safety Board, conducted extensive engineering analysis and testing to develop a thorough understanding of the factors that could have caused the 787’s batteries to fail and overheat in two incidents last January.  The team spent more than 100,000 hours developing test plans, building test rigs, conducting tests and analyzing the results to ensure the proposed solutions met all requirements.

“Our team has worked tirelessly to develop a comprehensive solution that fully satisfies the FAA and its global counterparts, our customers and our own high standards for safety and reliability,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “Through the skill and dedication of the Boeing team and our partners, we achieved that objective and made a great airplane even better.”

Boeing also engaged a team of more than a dozen battery experts from across multiple industries, government, academia and consumer safety to review and validate the company’s assumptions, findings, proposed solution and test plan.

The improved battery system includes design changes to both prevent and isolate a fault should it occur. In addition, improved production, operating and testing processes have been implemented. The new steel enclosure system is designed to keep any level of battery overheating from affecting the airplane or even being noticed by passengers.

“This is a comprehensive and permanent solution with multiple layers of protection,” said Conner.  “The ultimate layer of protection is the new enclosure, which will ensure that even if a battery fails, there is no impact to the airplane and no possibility of fire. We have the right solution in hand, and we are ready to go.

“We are all very grateful to our customers for their patience during the past several months,” said Conner. “We know it hasn’t been easy on them to have their 787s out of service and their deliveries delayed. We look forward to helping them get back into service as quickly as possible.”

Boeing has deployed teams to locations around the world to begin installing improved battery systems on 787s. Kits with the parts needed for the new battery systems are staged for shipment and new batteries also will be shipped immediately. Teams have been assigned to customer locations to install the new systems.  Airplanes will be modified in approximately the order they were delivered.

“The Boeing team is ready to help get our customers’ 787s back in the air where they belong,” said Conner.

Boeing will also begin installing the changes on new airplanes at the company’s two 787 final-assembly plants, with deliveries expected to resume in the weeks ahead. Despite the disruption in deliveries that began in January, Boeing expects to complete all planned 2013 deliveries by the end of the year. Boeing further expects that the 787 battery issue will have no significant impact to its 2013 financial guidance.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. A close-up of Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N787BX (msn 40692) “ZA003” test aircraft with probes for early testing.

ANA to put their 787 pilots through resumption training

ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) according to this report by Reuters, is planning to put its Boeing 787-8 pilots through resumption training. Pending recertification by the FAA and the Japanese authorities, the airline is now planning to resume 787 operations in June, possibly first as a freighter to allay any fears by the flying public over the now-being-tested battery system fix.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Akira Uekawa. Boeing 787-8 JA802A (msn 34497) climbs away from Tokyo (Narita) in the special 787 colors when it was flying. Will the “787” now be removed from the side of the fuselage?

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Boeing is now putting the 787 battery through new rigorous testing

Boeing (Chicago) is now testing the 787 batteries to a new standard that it originally helped to develop but never used in the original certification testing according to this excellent report by Reuters.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. JAL’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner JA822J (msn 34832) climbs away from Tokyo (Narita) when it was flying.

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Boeing receives FAA approval of certification plan for a 787 battery solution

Boeing (Chicago) has received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (Washington) of the company’s plan to test and certify improvements to the 787’s battery system. Successful completion of each step within the plan will result in the FAA’s approval to resume commercial 787 flights.

“Our top priority is the integrity of our products and the safety of the passengers and crews who fly on them,” said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney. “Our team has been working around the clock to understand the issues and develop a solution based on extensive analysis and testing following the events that occurred in January. Today’s approval from the FAA is a critical and welcome milestone toward getting the fleet flying again and continuing to deliver on the promise of the 787,” he said.

Ray Conner, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said that the company’s focus has been on developing a permanent resolution.

“Working with internal and external experts in battery technology, we have proposed a comprehensive set of solutions designed to significantly minimize the potential for battery failure while ensuring that no battery event affects the continued safe operation of the airplane,” said Conner.

“Our proposal includes three layers of improvements. First, we’ve improved design features of the battery to prevent faults from occurring and to isolate any that do. Second, we’ve enhanced production, operating and testing processes to ensure the highest levels of quality and performance of the battery and its components. Third, in the unlikely event of a battery failure, we’ve introduced a new enclosure system that will keep any level of battery overheating from affecting the airplane or being noticed by passengers,” Conner said.

Design feature improvements for the battery include the addition of new thermal and electrical insulation materials and other changes. The enhanced production and testing processes include more stringent screening of battery cells prior to battery assembly. Operational improvements focus on tightening of the system’s voltage range. A key feature of the new enclosure is that it ensures that no fire can develop in the enclosure or in the battery. Additional details of the new design will be provided by Boeing in the days ahead.

Boeing made its certification plan proposal to the FAA in late February. Today the agency agreed that the proposed changes and the detailed test plans address the conditions that resulted in the suspension of 787 operations.

The FAA also granted Boeing permission to begin flight test activities on two airplanes: line number 86, which will conduct tests to demonstrate that the comprehensive set of solutions work as intended in flight and on the ground; and ZA005, which is scheduled to conduct engine improvement tests unrelated to the battery issue. Additional testing may be scheduled as needed.

The certification plan calls for a series of tests that show how the improved battery system will perform in normal and abnormal conditions. The test plans were written based on the FAA’s standards as well as applicable guidelines published by the Radio Technical Commission on Aeronautics (RTCA), an advisory committee that provides recommendations on ways to meet regulatory requirements. The RTCA guidelines were not available when the original 787 battery certification plan was developed.

“We have a great deal of confidence in our solution set and the process for certifying it,” said Conner. “Before 787s return to commercial service, our customers and their passengers want assurance that the improvements being introduced will make this great airplane even better. That’s what this test program will do.”

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. ANA’s (All Nippon Airways) Boeing 787-8 JA801A (msn 34488) in the special Dreamliner special colors lands at Everett (Paine Field) with Boeing’s facilities in the background.

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The FAA to allow Boeing to test fly the 787 again, the NTSB questions the FAA’s “special conditions” in allowing lithium-ion batteries

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted the Boeing Company (Chicago) permission to conduct test flights again of the 787 if the batteries are properly monitored.

Meanwhile the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the FAA must review the “special conditions” used in approving lithium-ion battery use on the 787. The FAA originally considered the chance of a battery fire as very remote in approving the use. This assumption has proven to be a false assumption. Will lithium-ion batteries be permitted for the future use of the 787? If not, this could be a major delay in the program and a major financial hit for Boeing (787 operators are now talking about compensation).

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

A very good video by the NTSB Chairwoman on the JAL-Japan Airlines 787 battery fire at Boston:

Meanwhile Boeing has issued this statement:

“Boeing welcomes the progress reported by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the 787 investigation, including that the NTSB has identified the origin of the event as having been within the battery. The findings discussed demonstrated a narrowing of the focus of the investigation to short circuiting observed in the battery, while providing the public with a better understanding of the nature of the investigation.

The company remains committed to working with the NTSB, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and our customers to maintain the high level of safety the traveling public expects and that the air transport system has delivered. We continue to provide support to the investigative groups as they work to further understand these events and as we work to prevent such incidents in the future. The safety of passengers and crew members who fly aboard Boeing airplanes is our highest priority.

The 787 was certified following a rigorous Boeing test program and an extensive certification program conducted by the FAA. We provided testing and analysis in support of the requirements of the FAA special conditions associated with the use of lithium ion batteries. We are working collaboratively to address questions about our testing and compliance with certification standards, and we will not hesitate to make changes that lead to improved testing processes and products.”

Hopefully for the sake of the company, the program and the airlines involved a quick solution can be found. However the bigger issue remains; are lithium-ion batteries safe on airplanes?

Airbus, according to reports, may be taking a different approach now with the A350 given Boeing’s battery problems with the 787.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. JAL’s Boeing 787-8 JA824J (msn 34834) lands back at Paine Field near Everett.

JAL-Japan Airlines: AG Slide Show