The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner has turned into a nightmare at this time. On Feb. 25, 2013, Carey Vanderborg has reported for the International Business Times, All Nippon Airways Cancels 1,700 Dreamliner Flights After FAA Grounds Planes. On Monday All Nippon Airways said it will cancel all flights on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner.
This costly cancellation follows the grounding of all Dreamliners in January by international regulators so that safety checks could be carried out on their lithium-ion batteries after two fires broke out. March flights on the Dreamliner have been cancelled by ANA with 1,700 more flights anticipated to be cancelled in April and May, which is a period that includes Japan's Golden Week holiday. Tokyo-based ANA has 17 Boeing Dreamliners, which is more than any other airline, and now all of them have been grounded since Jan. 16, 2013 because of the risk of battery fires. BBC News has also reported on the cancelling of Dreamliner flights by ANA, Dreamliner: Japan's ANA cancels more Boeing 787 flights.
With all of the planned cancellations, the total number of affected ANA Dreamliner flights is now 3,600. ANA is Boeing's largest Dreamliner customer, with owenrship of 17 of the world's 50 operational 787s. Boeing's entire fleet of Dreamliners has been grounded after a battery on a Japan Airlines 787 caught fire, and a malfunction forced an ANA flight to make an emergency landing. Boeing has given the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) its plan to fix the battery problems, which will reportedly involve a significant redesign of the battery pack with new ceramic insulation around each of the eight cells of the battery. The FAA has said it presently reviewing the plan.