SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Federal Aviation Administration grounded all Boeing 787s Wednesday, which could spell trouble for Japan Airlines' recently introduced Dreamliner service between San Diego and Tokyo.
A 787 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. As a result, the FAA announced the grounding of all Boeing 787 planes until they could determine the vessels were safe.
Japan Airlines followed suit Wednesday. One of its 787s had an electrical fire in Boston 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 launched on 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.
About 50 Dreamliners are in service worldwide. Together, ANA and Japan Airlines have the biggest bloc.