February 01, 2013
Japan Airlines (JAL) appears to be resigned to the idea that there will be no quick fix for the Boeing 787 battery problem, and it anticipates that it may take as long as two months to implement a solution.
“We hope that the time it takes to fix the problem will be no more than a month, or two months maximum,” JAL Chairman Masaru Onishi told Aviation Week on Jan. 31 during a Oneworld event in Kuala Lumpur to mark Malaysia Airlines’ entry into the alliance.
“I really hope [to see Boeing] fix this safety issue as soon as possible,” he says. “We have had so many discussions with Boeing and they are doing their best to fix it.”
Onishi downplays the impact on his company by pointing out that JAL only has six 787s, far fewer than All Nippon Airways (ANA). “The damage is not so huge for us,” he says.
While JAL had to transfer some trans-Pacific passengers to its Oneworld alliance partner American Airlines immediately following the 787 groundings, it did not transfer passengers to ANA flights, says Onishi. However, he says ANA did have to transfer some of its domestic passengers to JAL.
When asked if JAL will be seeking compensation from Boeing, Onishi says, “We don’t want to focus on such issues now.”
Onishi says JAL will not be canceling any of its 787 orders.