Tuesday, 26th February 2013
In General Japan News,
ANA confirms 787 Dreamliner flights cancelled until at least end of May
Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) has been forced to cancel all of its flights involving its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners as it reported that the aircraft will be grounded until at least the end of May 2013.
This means that the airline will have had to cancel some 3,600 flights involving the aircraft since the planes were grounded in January following on-board fires, the cause of which is yet to be confirmed.
A spokeswoman for the company said: "Unfortunately it includes Golden Week, but we have decided to inform our customers in advance as the prospect for their resumption is still unseen."
So-called Golden Week is an annual public holiday in Japan. Workers are given three days paid leave and seven consecutive days off.
The news follows the announcement by United Continental Holdings that it will be taking Boeing's 787 Dreamliners out of its schedule until June 5th. The only exception was a route scheduled from Denver to Tokyo. A statement from the company said that this flight "will tentatively launch on May 12th".
Written by Graham McPherson
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