The recently introduced nonstop flight between San Diego and Tokyo was on hold today after both Japan Airlines and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration grounded Boeing 787s because of safety concerns.
A 787 Dreamliner operated by All Nippon Airways made an emergency landing in western Japan due to an electrical fire that sent smoke into the cabin, prompting ANA to ground all 17 of its 787s.
Japan Airlines followed suit with its seven Dreamliners after one of its 787s had an electrical fire in Boston on Monday Jan. 7.
Boeing’s newest airliner also has had problems with fuel leaks.
Japan Airlines’ flight between Lindbergh Field and Narita Airport was hailed as a potential boon to the local economy when it was introduced Dec. 2.
The long-haul run was made possible by the fuel efficient Dreamliner.
Carol Anderson of Japan Airlines told City News Service the San Diego-to-Tokyo flight was canceled through Friday.
“Operations beyond that date will be decided after further assessment,” Anderson said. The next flights are scheduled for Sunday and Monday.
A woman at Lindbergh Field told 10News that five agents were helping make alternate arrangements for her trip to Okinawa to visit her husband.
“I do work a lot, and it’s nice to finally go on vacation and then, ‘Guess what? Your flight’s canceled.’ And you’re like, ‘OK, well, that’s great, should I go to work and come back tomorrow?”’ she said.
About 50 Dreamliners are in service worldwide.
Together, ANA and Japan Airlines have the biggest bloc.
The FAA airworthiness directive affects six 787s operated by United Airlines — none of which fly into San Diego.
The agency said when it issues such directives, it alerts international aviation authorities, so that other countries can take similar actions.