ANA president expects 787s return to service in June

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All Nippon Airways chief executive Osamu Shinobe insists "all steps will be fully undertaken" before returning the carrier's Boeing 787 fleet into service next month

The Star Alliance carrier will resume 787 flight operations in June, later than some 787 customers.

"Some 787 operators have resumed operations but ANA will take all steps before returning its 787s into service on 1 June," he told delegates at the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) conference in Tokyo today.

ANA's 17 Boeing 787 fleet is undergoing modifications after the Japanese authorities issued a technical circular directive on 26 April this year. "I flew myself on the 787 on 6 May and I felt comfortable," he says.

Boeing's vice president marketing Randy Tinseth says the manufacturer "truly regrets" the impact it has caused to customers. "We believe we have turned the corner now."

Tinseth says the 787 aircraft is for Japanese operators. "It is built with Japanese cooperation and has 110 orders from ANA and Japan Airlines."

Boeing has delivered 17 787s to ANA. The carrier has purchase obligations on another 19 787-8s and 30 787-9s with deliveries through fiscal year 2021.

"We will have a 66 aircraft in operations by then representing 30% of our overall fleet," says Shinobe.

He adds that the 787 is at the core of the ANA Group international expansion plans along with slot additions at Tokyo Narita and Haneda airports..