Japan Airlines’ officials stated the company will discuss with Boeing in order to request compensation for the grounding of the 787 Dreamliner. The canceled or idled flights cost about $8 million from JAL’s earnings through to the end of March, according to the company’s informations.
Japan Airlines, which operates seven of the 50 Dreamliner planes that are used around the world, says a high demand on European, North American and Southeast Asian routes would help balancing the impact of the Dreamliners’ grounding.
“Rather than negotiations with Boeing, the important thing now is getting the 787 flying again safely as soon as we can,” said JAL’s President Yoshiharu Ueki. “However, when the situation has settled down we can and are preparing to begin those talks.”
Japan Airlines is not the only Japanese airline company that requests compensation from Boeing. Rival All Nippon Airways, which has more Dreamliners than JAL, also stated it would seek compensation once the evaluation of costs was clearer.
On January 16th, an overheated battery activated smoke alarms and led to the emergency landing of a domestic ANA flight. Several days earlier, a battery caught fire at an airport on a Dreamliner in Boston. After these incidents, the entire global fleet of 787s has been grounded and the safety regulators started their investigation.