AIRLINES around the world have begun deploying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on their routes again, five months after an All Nippon Airways (ANA) Dreamliner made an emergency landing due to battery problems (TTG Asia e-Daily, January 17, 2013).
Ethiopian Airlines was the first carrier to reinstate Dreamliners on April 27, according to news agency AFP.
Since then, United Airlines has announced that it will recommence Dreamliner operations in May, while Japanese carriers ANA and Japan Airlines (JAL) will return the aircraft model to service in June.
A press release from United said Boeing had already converted two of the airline’s six Dreamliners to meet US Federation Aviation Administration standards, and work would soon begin on the remaining four.
United will relaunch the Dreamliner on routes from Houston to other domestic hubs on May 20, and deploy the aircraft on its Denver-Tokyo service on June 10.
From Japan, ANA will restart its five-weekly Narita-San Jose service on June 1 with the Dreamliner, having suspended the route on January 18. It will also introduce the aircraft on three routes for the first time: Haneda-Taipei (Songshan) and Narita-Beijing from June 1, and Narita-Shanghai (Pudong) from August 1. The airline is scheduled to restore the Dreamliner on flights from Haneda to Frankfurt and Beijing from June 1.
JAL is also slated to restart daily services from Narita to Boston and San Diego on June 1 with Dreamliners, and launch its planned daily non-stop Narita-Helsinki route on July 1 also with a Dreamliner, after the route’s commencement was postponed in February.
The Dreamliner will be deployed on the following JAL services: Haneda-Singapore, Narita-Singapore and Haneda-Beijing from June 1; Narita-Delhi from July 12; Narita-Moscow and Haneda-San Francisco from September 1; and Narita-Sydney and Narita-Bangkok from December 1 and 2 respectively.