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Monday February 4, 2013

ANA in talks with Boeing to speed up deliveries


<B>Cruel blow:</B> ANA lost more than US$15mil in revenue from having to cancel Dreamliner flights last month. – EPA Cruel blow: ANA lost more than US$15mil in revenue from having to cancel Dreamliner flights last month. – EPA

tOKYO: Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) is in talks with US aircraft maker Boeing Co to speed up the delivery of three 777 jetliners as its fleet of 787 Dreamliner airplanes remains grounded with undiagnosed battery problems, according to the Nikkei newspaper.

All 50 Boeing 787s worldwide remain grounded as authorities in the United States, Japan and France investigate a battery fire in Boston on Jan 7 and a separate battery failure that forced a second 787 to make an emergency landing in Japan a week later.

ANA had planned to add the three Boeing 777 jets to its fleet in fiscal year 2013, but it will aim to get them delivered ahead of schedule to soften the negative impact from the Dreamliner grounding, Shinzo Shimizu, ANA's senior vice president told Nikkei.

The airline was also considering keeping older Airbus 320 jets in service for longer, he said.

ANA, Asia's top airline by revenue, lost more than US$15mil in revenue from having to cancel Dreamliner flights last month. Earlier last week it said it was unclear as to when Boeing's sophisticated new plane would resume commercial flights, making it harder to predict the longer-term financial impact of having the plane idle.

The Japanese airline has said it had no plans to change its growth strategy, but it conceded that a prolonged grounding of the plane would impact that strategy, and would delay issuing its mid-term business plan for several weeks.

ANA has cancelled close to 850 flights until Feb 18, affecting over 82,000 passengers. The Dreamliner makes up around 7% of ANA's fleet, and the airline normally operates around 1,000 flights a day and carries 3.7 million passengers each month. Reuters

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