Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Japanese airlines had Dreamliner battery issues before recent incidents

Japan's two biggest airlines replaced below-par lithium-ion batteries on their Boeing Co (BA.N) 787 Dreamliners in the months before separate incidents led to the technologically advanced aircraft being grounded worldwide due to battery problems.

Comments from both All Nippon Airways (9202.T), the new Boeing jetliner's biggest customer to date, and Japan Airlines Co Ltd (9201.T) point to reliability issues with the batteries long before a battery caught fire on a JAL 787 at Boston's airport and a second battery was badly charred and melted on an ANA domestic flight that was forced into an emergency landing.