ANA to seek damages from Boeing for 787 troubles


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Boeing CEO Jim McNerney....sees no reason to drop the lithium-ion batteries.

Well, I can think of one good reason: they catch fire, and the chemical fires they produce are really difficult to extinguish.

Fires on board airliners filled with passengers may pose a bit of a safety issue, I reckon.

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"Airlines have been replacing 787 batteries at a rate that’s “slightly higher” than Boeing had expected, but they were being replaced for maintenance reasons, not for safety concerns, he said."

Yeah, right. And maintainance isn't for safety?

Anyway, isn't it a Japanese company that made the batteries?

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ANA to seek damages from Boeing for 787 troubles

Boeing should have noticed but...

The battery’s manufacturer, GS Yuasa, based in Kyoto, has refused comment while the investigation is ongoing.

I hope whatever damages Boeing have to pay ANA, get added to whatever damages GS Yuasa have to pay Boeing.

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Let's be fair here for once. If you change the word Boeing for Toyota, the damage suits would be going into the millions by now. I do hope the investigation will be thorough and the responsible party charged with all this lost revenue.

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GS Yuasa is only a sub supplier, go for the main supplier which is a French company that made the electrical system in monitoring and maintaining the recharging cycle.

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Is this a case of passing the buck ? Or deflection ? Looks like ANA is back peddling to improve or save what little face they have left.

ANA had not reported the replacements to the Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) because “the 10 problems were found before flights so were considered not to affect safety”, Yamamoto said..<

Part of these grounding are their responsibility as well. They should have reported any serious component failure whether it happened before or during flight. Had they done so they may have possibly alerted to this issue earlier preventing this, after all this aircraft is new and there are bound to be other issues as well.

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I flew the 787 on ANA from Seattle to Narita and it was the most comfortable airplane that I have ever flown on. The atmospheric pressure inside the cabin is such that the effect of "Jet Lag" was greatly reduced. Its the most technologically advanced passenger airplane ever developed. But they need to mitigated these nagging problems before they become major. Boeing outsourced the manufacturing of various parts of this aircraft to companies all over the world. That to me is the biggest mistake they made.

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ANA is going from "We fly first" to "We sue Americans first"

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All Nippon Airways is prepared to recoup from Boeing whatever damages it suffers from flight cancellations and other costs caused by the worldwide

Frankly, I was expecting this a bit later, but I guess that it means that the battery issue with Yuasa was found and they are trying to save face before trying to recoup losses from Yuasa instead.

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I can just see the $$$ coming out of the eyes from all of the CORPORATE LAWYERS!

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ANA is clearly just trying to pass the buck and save face. Japanese companies often do this -- they want to be the first to have and use, or if not first have the most, of a new product that hasn't been thoroughly testsed and end up with a bunch of lemons they used trillions on. Then they blame it on everyone but the people who made the decision to buy so many of the product (ie. themselves) to avoid taking responsibility for the folly. ANA and JAL have but themselves to blame, and they ought to think about that while rushing to get the things back in the air -- if they cut corners too quickly again there'll be more serious accidents. Of course, then they'll say, "We had no possible way of knowing...".

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Just as predicted here, either the companies would do a cover-up or blame each other for the near loss of hundreds of people. Is the government part of the cover-up? Just find the problem, fix it, and get these planes flying safely. Lives are endangered, not political or professional careers.

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We still don't know what caused the batteries to leak and catch fire.

If I put water into an air tight container and the container bursts are we automatically going to blame the water?

There are so many of factors which 99% of you are completely clueless about yet with your armchair engineering degrees can all with 100% certainty claim it was the batteries that caused the problem because they are the ones that caught fire. Do you see just how stupid that looks?

Back to the container that burst. What if the temperature around the container was lower than 0c and the water froze? You see my point? You blamed the water but the water only did what it was going to do at 0c or below. What if the outside temperature went above 100c?

You really haven't factor in all the details of how these batteries could be affected by outside forces not to mention that a poor charging curve at low temperature (poor controller card or outright card failure) could cause a battery to explode. Gee, like it never gets cold up at 39,000 feet (-55c to -68c on polar routes) and it never gets hot on the ground in those cargo holds either. Heck there are never humidity problems either in those holds either after all they fly from one damp humid city to another one in the middle of a blizzard to another one in a hot desert.

Stop showing the world how little you know by pointing your finger at those who you have no clue what their job or technology entails. Get down off your stolen soap box and shut the heck up.

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