The All Nippon Airways of Japan has once again started the commercial flights of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. This is the first time flights were resumed since the planes were grounded due to safety reasons.
After resuming the service, the first plane landed at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Sunday, May 26, 2013, after a short flight from Sapporo in northern Japan. Meanwhile, other airlines in the country have already started with 787 flights, but All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the biggest Dreamliner customer of Boeing, with 17 planes.
Overheating battery problem on an ANA flight led to a plane being grounded back in January 2013. This incident was followed by a separate battery-related emergency on Japan Airlines flight. Since then, planes have been modified with new battery systems and have also been given approval to fly again by the US Federal Aviation Authority. The Dreamliner flight on Sunday, May 26, 2013, was the first of five that were scheduled by ANA during May 2013. The airline will begin a full commercial schedule on June 1, 2013.
The first test flights were conducted in April, 2013.