ANA Grounds Dreamliners to Repair Engines
All Nippon Airways said it has begun to temporarily ground its fleet of 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
The world’s largest operator of the high-tech Dreamliner said it has to replace a critical engine component. The action comes as the result of an incident last February after an engine on one of its 787s overheated. The plane returned to Kuala Lumpur International Airport and a subsequent inspection revealed damage to medium-pressure turbine blades in the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine.
ANA said it expects to cancel over 350 domestic flights between now and the end of September.
Introduced in 2011 with ANA as its launch customer, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was grounded in early 2013 after several onboard fires were caused by malfunctioning lithium-ion batteries. The long-range, wide-body aircraft can seat between 242 to 335 passengers and was designed to be 20% more fuel efficient than the aircraft it replaced in Boeing’s lineup, the 767.
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