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Japan airlines replaced multiple batteries before grounding

Japan airlines replaced multiple batteries before grounding

Japan's two major airlines said Wednesday they had replaced a number of batteries in their Dreamliners ahead of the worldwide grounding of Boeing's next generation aircraft.

A spokeswoman for All Nippon Airways said the batteries on 10 of its fleet had been switched, while a representative of rival Japan Airlines told AFP "quite a few" had needed changing.


No production faults at Dreamliner battery plant - Japan inspectors

Japan's transport ministry said Monday safety inspectors had found no major problem on the production line making batteries for Boeing's Dreamliner, further muddying the waters in a worldwide probe.

"We have found no major quality or technical problem," an official at the ministry said on condition of anonymity, as Japanese and American safety inspectors ended a week-long probe at battery maker GS Yuasa.

Shares in GS Yuasa, which has the contract for all Dreamliner batteries and is based in the western city of Kyoto, closed up 4.77 percent at 329 yen Monday after the ministry's comments.

Aviation regulators were focusing on the lithium-ion batteries as the cause of a problem that forced an All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight to make an emergency landing on January 16.

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