On March 13, 2013, Japanese Airlines has hoped for a rapid resumption of its Dreamliner operations. The decision was taken after US authorities approved test flights with the help of a prototype battery fix after a global safety scare.
After several incidents Dreamliners across the globe were grounded, due to which their schedules were disturbed, especially in Japan. All Nippon Airways is considered to be the biggest operator of airlines in Japan and has been forced to cancel more than 3,600 flights, right until the end of May 2013.
A spokesperson from the airline said, “ANA, as the launch customer of the 787, hopes its flights will be resumed as early as possible on condition that safety is guaranteed”. The spokesperson added that the approval is a big stepping stone towards resuming operations of the 787 flights. Japan Airlines went on to say that the company believes that it has now entered a new stage.
The JAL spokesperson also said that the company would continue to work in cooperation with the parties concerned to get the fleet off the ground. GS Yuasa, the battery maker refused to comment on the issue. On March 12, 2013, the US authorities approved Boeing’s plan for the 787 batteries and added that the company would carry out test flights with the fix.