ANA to offer domestic 787 tickets from 1 June

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All Nippon Airways will offer tickets for domestic routes aboard Boeing 787 aircraft from 1 June 2013, but not for key trans-Pacific routes such as Tokyo Narita to Seattle and San Jose.

"At this moment, we've not decided to cancel [787 flights] from June, July and August," says a spokesman at the Star Alliance carrier. "The 787 situation is very flexible."

He gave no indication as to when ANA feels the 787's grounding could be lifted.

He adds that it is much easier for ANA to provide passengers on high volume domestic services with alternative options than on longer, thinner routes such as Narita-Seattle and Narita-San Jose. That is why the airline has decided to only offer tickets on domestic 787 services, he says.

"Because we have many frequencies on domestic flights, it's easier to offer passengers alternative options," he says.

Japan Airlines, which used its 787s mainly on international services before the type's grounding on 16 January, says it will not offer flights aboard the type until there is more clarity around the battery modifications that Boeing has proposed.

Boeing is confident that a 787 battery fix it proposed to US regulators will get the grounded aircraft back in the air soon.

"We are very close... and we are very confident in the solution we are testing right now with the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration]," Boeing chief executive James McNerney said at the US Chamber of Commerce Aviation Summit on 28 March in Washington.

Boeing estimates that its proposed 787 battery modifications will require four to five days for each aircraft, if US regulators approve the installation changes.

Flightglobal Pro data shows that ANA has taken delivery of 17 Boeing 787-8s and has orders for 19 more of the type, as well as an order for 30 787-9s. JAL has a fleet of seven 787-8s, and another 18 -8s and 20 787-9s on order.