JAL pulls Dreamliner from two int'l routes after engine problem

TOKYO Sat Nov 23, 2013 3:23am EST

An employee of Japan Airlines works next to the company logo at Haneda Airport in Tokyo February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

An employee of Japan Airlines works next to the company logo at Haneda Airport in Tokyo February 4, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Toru Hanai

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan Airlines (JAL) (9201.T) said on Saturday it will pull Boeing 787 Dreamliners from two international routes after the U.S. aircraft maker notified it of icing problems in engines produced by General Electric (GE.N).

Japanese carrier said Boeing (BA.N) notified airlines not to fly aircraft with GE's GEnx Series engines near storm clouds following a recent incident in which a 747 aircraft experienced a loss of thrust after flying through anvil cloud.

As a result, JAL will replace Dreamliners on its Tokyo-Delhi and Tokyo-Singapore flights with other types of aircraft while also dropping a plan to use 787s for its Tokyo-Sydney route from December.

JAL will continue to fly 787s for other international and domestic routes, which are unlikely to be affected by cumulonimbus cloud for the time being.

(Reporting by Tim Kelly and Hideyuki Sano)

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AZWarrior wrote:
Bit surprised to hear about jet engine icing these days. The phenomena is well understood and effective anti-icing systems and inlet designs have been available for many decades. With the rigorous ‘icehouse’ testing jet engines undergo these days, it will be interesting to see what they find.

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