As we go into week 3 of the grounding of Boeing 787’s, Japan Airlines has confirmed it will not be operating its Tokyo Narita – Helsinki route.
The route which announced way before the 787 groundings and due to commence on the 25th February was to be operated 4 times a week.
Since the grounding of the fleet since the 16th January, a lot of airlines have managed to cover 787 services with existing aircraft. However, as new routes come on line, there aren’t the aircraft to operate them – either in terms of fleet or in terms of cost.
For those of you booked on the service, Japan Airlines press release states:
The rescheduled date of opening of JAL’s Narita=Helsinki service will be announced at a later time and customers with confirmed reservations on concerned flights will be informed about alternative options.
Currently, 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners have been placed commercial service – and all are grounded pending investigations by the Federal Aviation Administration, The Japanese Air Safety Board, Boeing and its partners.