ANA to use modified 787s on five non-scheduled services in May

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) has completed modifications on its fleet of Boeing 787s and will operate five non-scheduled services this month using the aircraft type.

Works on all its 17 787s - modifications to its lithium-ion batteries, including the installation of a new containment system - have been completed, says the Japanese carrier. It has also conducted 170 proving flights and completed cockpit crew training.

On 26 May, the airline will operate two Sapporo-Tokyo Haneda services using the 787. It will also deploy the 787 on the same route on 27 and 31 May, and use it on a return Tokyo Haneda-Sapporo service on 30 May. These will be before the resumption of its scheduled services starting 1 June.

"The safety of passengers is our number one priority. Modifications for all 787s have been implemented and ANA has undertaken its own additional testing," says the carrier's president and chief executive Osamu Shinobe. "The 787 remains a game-changing aircraft, important from an environmental, efficiency and passenger comfort perspective."

ANA will join Japan Airlines in resuming 787 operations on 1 June and the type will be used on the former's routes from Tokyo Narita to San Jose, and from Tokyo Haneda to Frankfurt and Beijing.

ANA will also progressively replace the use of other aircraft types on selected routes to China and Taiwan, starting June. The airline will deploy the 787s on services from Tokyo Haneda to Akita and Toyama in June, while routes to domestic destinations that were previously served by the 787s will resume in the same month.