Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered airlines to stop flying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner until further inspections are done on the aircraft. After an emergency landing in Japan, an investigation on the batteries began. After safety inspections, excess voltage has been ruled out. The investigation is now looking at the battery's charger and auxiliary power unit.
United Airlines is the only U.S. airline that flies the Dreamliner, and is complying by pulling the aircraft from service until the investigation is complete. United plans to start nonstop service between Denver and Tokyo in March this year.
The service will depart DIA daily at 11:55 a.m. and arrive in Tokyo at 3 p.m. the next day. Returning to Denver, passengers will depart Tokyo at 4:40 p.m. and arrive in Denver at 12:30 p.m. the same day.
According to FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta, “We are confident that the aircraft is safe. But we need to have a complete understanding of what is happening. We are conducting the reviews to further ensure that the aircraft meets our high safety standards.”
United Airlines began international service with the 787 on Jan. 3 with a flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo, but has since pulled their fleet from service.