Dreamliners Begin Return To Service

Operators of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner have begun plans to return the aircraft to service, after manufacturer Boeing was cleared by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to modify faulty lithium ion batteries used on the beleaguered jets. Civil aviation regulators around the world are also expected to progressively endorse the FAA directive, ending a lengthy grounding that scuppered airlines’ plans to deploy the aircraft on routes to take advantage of its improved operating economics.

 

All Nippon Airways

Launch customer All Nippon Airways has been cleared by the Japanese Ministry of Transport to restart B787 Dreamliner services. The airline undertook a 2-hour test flight with company and Boeing executives onboard, although no plans on the aircraft’s return to service has been announced.

 

For more information, visit www.ana.co.jp.

 

Ethiopian Airlines

African operator and Star Alliance member Ethiopian Airlines is one of the first to return its B787s to service, operating the jet on a one-off Addis Ababa – Nairobi flight yesterday. The airline has also moved forward the resumption of Addis Ababa – Frankfurt service with the aircraft by 6weeks, rostering the jets on the route from today.

 

For more information, visit www.ethiopianairlines.com.

 

LOT Polish Airlines

Europe’s LOT Polish Airlines is set to resume B787 operation from 5 June 2013. The airline’s Dreamliners will operate 11 flights a week between Warsaw and Chicago, followed by 3-weekly Warsaw – Toronto service from 7 June 2013 and 2-weekly Warsaw – New York (John F. Kennedy) from 30 June 2013.

 

For more information, visit www.lot.com.

 

Qatar Airways

Doha-based Qatar Airways has tentatively planned to resume its Doha – London (Heathrow) B787 service on 15 May 2013, operating flights QR 75/76. The airline is also looking to continue plans to deploy the Dreamliner on its Doha – Perth flights, creating the first Kangaroo Route connection using the aircraft, although no date has been set for this.

 

For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com.

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