ANA in talks to push forward 777 deliveries as 787s remain grounded

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) is in talks with Boeing to speed up the delivery of three of its 777 aircraft on order as its fleet of 17 787s remain grounded.

The 777s were initially scheduled to be delivered between April 2013 and March 2014, says an ANA spokesman.

"Because of the current situation of the 787, we're now discussing with Boeing to speed up the delivery of the 777s," he adds, although he was unable to give a timeframe as to how soon the aircraft will likely be delivered.

The Japanese carrier is also considering to postpone the retirement of an Airbus A320 narrowbody, planned for this March.

Japan's transport ministry ordered the grounding of the Japanese 787 fleet on 17 January, following a directive issued by the US Federal Aviation Administration after an ANA 787 had to make an emergency landing because of a battery-related problem.

The 787s have been grounded for over two weeks, but investigations into the cause of the battery failures do not appear to have yielded any results.

Both ANA and Japan Airlines, which together own about half of the world's 787 fleet, has had to cancel hundreds of flights and deploy other aircraft on routes served using the 787.

Asked whether there will be changes to ANA's 787 induction plans, the spokesman says: "At this moment, there are no changes. We're doing a great deal of scenario planning, so we're prepared for a number of situations."

ANA had earlier said that flight cancellations associated with the grounding of its 787s will reduce its revenue for January by yen (Y) 1.4 billion ($15.1 million).