All Nippon Airways boss says Boeing 'making progress in resolving battery issue'

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 02, 2013 10:00 hrs

The president of All Nippon Airways, Boeing's biggest single customer for its troubled 787 Dreamliner, has said that the aerospace giant has made progress in resolving problems with the aircraft's lithium-ion batteries.

Shinichiro Ito said that how soon Boeing can fix the problems, which have led to 787s being grounded worldwide for more than a month, depends partly on the approval process by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

Ito's remarks came after ANA management met earlier this week with Ray Conner, Boeing's head of commercial airplanes.

According to the Japan Times, Ito said that he believes the aircraft will be fine once the battery problem is resolved.

But Ito acknowledged that ANA has a challenge in reassuring its customers, the paper said.

If the grounding drags on beyond June, the carrier will have to make more drastic changes in its scheduling and other plans, he added.

Dreamliners were grounded after an overheated battery aboard an ANA 787 domestic flight forced an emergency landing at Takamatsu Airport in Kagawa Prefecture on Jan. 16.

Investigators are still probing the cause of that event, and of a Jan. 7 fire that erupted in an auxiliary power unit battery of a JAL 787 about a half-hour after the plane landed at Boston's Logan International Airport. (ANI)

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