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Japan Airlines grounds Boeing 787 fleet

January 15, 2013|By David Pierson
  • An All Nippon Airways flight sits at Takamatsu airport in Japan after it made an emergency landing Wednesday.
An All Nippon Airways flight sits at Takamatsu airport in Japan after it… (Kyodo News )

BEIJING -- Japan Airlines said it suspended operations of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet Wednesday following the emergency landing of the same aircraft by rival All Nippon Airways Co. earlier in the day.

"Japan Airlines operates every flight upon confirming that all safety standards have been met," the company said in a statement. "In view of the incident encountered by another airline involving the 787-8 aircraft today, Japan Airlines has decided to cancel the operations of its 787-8 aircraft scheduled for flights today to ensure safety." 

A total of eight flights were suspended, including routes to Boston and San Diego. Two flights between Narita and Singapore continued using Boeing 777 aircraft. The company said about 1,450 passengers were affected by the cancellations.

Sze Hunn Yap, a spokeswoman for the airline, said the grounding of the 787s would remain pending the "results of the on-going investigation" into the safety of the aircraft.

ANA, which also suspended its fleet of Dreamliners, could not be reached for comment.

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