Japan Airlines to resume 787 operations on 1 June

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Japan Airlines (JAL) will resume Boeing 787 commercial operations on 1 June.

The aircraft type will be used on services from Tokyo Narita to Boston, San Diego and Singapore, and also on routes from Tokyo Haneda to Singapore and Beijing.

The Japanese carrier will also be launching a new route using the aircraft type on 1 July. This will be a daily nonstop service from Tokyo Narita to Helsinki, a route that was scheduled to be launched in February, but postponed because of the 787 battery problems.

Subsequently, in mid-July, JAL also intends to use the 787 on the Tokyo Narita-Delhi route. In September, it will use the aircraft type on the Tokyo Narita-Moscow and Tokyo Haneda-San Francisco routes. This will be followed by services from Tokyo Narita to Sydney and Bangkok in December.

JAL told Flightglobal Pro on 29 April that three of its seven 787s have been modified and that proving flights are expected to commence in early May, before its 787s return to operations. The carrier expects modifications on its 787 fleet to be completed by mid-May.

The Federal Aviation Administration ordered the grounding of the 787 on 16 January, after a second lithium-ion battery on board the aircraft type overheated in less than a 10-day period.

Before the grounding of the aircraft type, JAL was using the 787 on services to Boston, San Diego, New Delhi, Moscow, Singapore and Beijing.

JAL has seven 787-8s in its fleet, with an additional 18 -8s and 20 787-9s on order.