Japan eased regulations ahead of B787 rollout

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H The dramas continue for the Dreamliner. Image: Avioners.net While Dreamliner fleets worldwide remain grounded, a new report has revealed that the Japanese government eased safety standards to fast track the rollout of the Boeing 787.According to officials involved in the process, an advisory panel to Japan’s transport ministry in 2008 recommended proposals to streamline regulations surrounding the new aircraft, one of which included exempting the Boeing jet from detailed inspections by ground crew after each landing – a procedure which would have meant higher costs and longer delays for Dreamliner customers All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL).Another proposed rule involved reduced testing and approval of pilots preparing to switch to the 787 from the Boeing 777, Reuters reported.    Upon recommendation of the new rules, Japan’s government agreed to adopt the 40 proposals, saying at the time that an easing of regulatory standards would help “quickly realize the benefits from the introduction of the 787”.According to the Reuters article, there was nothing to suggest that the looser regulations contributed to the current problems facing the Dreamliner, which revolve around the massive overheating of the jet’s powerful batteries.                   But the request for the rule changes did shed light on the pressure ANA and JAL exerted on Japan’s government as well as the push to support the Japanese companies that supply 35 percent of the technology that makes up the Dreamliner.  Despite the concessions granted by the country’s administration, Japan’s Civil Aviation Bureau’s chief air worthiness engineer, Tatsuyuki Shimazu, said it had not brought down it standards “in comparison to other countries”.      “This was a pragmatic revision,” he said.Dreamliner operations have been suspended worldwide while investigations continue into the malfunctioning of batteries aboard an airborne ANA jet and a parked JAL aircraft, a process which could take weeks, or even months.    ANA and JAL, who committed to buying the first 787s in 2004, said there have been no changes to their order plans.last_img

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