JAL, ANA set date for Dreamliner flights

File Photo: Boeing 787 Dreamliner
File Photo: Boeing 787 Dreamliner

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Japan Airlines and All-Nippon Airway both say they plan to return Dreamliners to revenue service on June 1, signaling a possible end to expensive problems with the new plane's lithium ion batteries.

ANA has the largest fleet of Dreamliners and JAL the second largest. JAL has been canceling some of its third daily flights to Honolulu in recent weeks to free up aircraft for other international routes that would have otherwise been flown with Dreamliners.

Boeing, which touted the Dreamliner as 20 percent more fuel efficient than other jetliners, never found a way to keep the lithium ion batteries from getting hot, but did invent a retrofit that better vents that heat.

United Airlines, the only U.S. airline with Dreamliners, has retrofitted four, and put two back into service Monday. The CEOs of United and Boeing both flew from Houston to Chicago on one, and the other flew from Houston to New York without incident.

Air India said it would resume Dreamliner service Wednesday.

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