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ANA Has Low-Battery Warning on Boeing 787; Charger Sent for Test

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Sept. 20 (Bloomberg) -- ANA Holdings Inc., the biggest operator of Boeing Co. 787s, said one of its Dreamliner planes had a low-battery warning this week for the first time.

The warning on Sept. 17 quickly disappeared and the plane was able to take off from Beijing airport and land at Tokyo’s Narita without any problems, Megumi Tezuka, a spokeswoman at ANA, said by telephone from Tokyo today.

The carrier is sending the battery charger to the manufacturer for checks, after replacing the battery and finding no problems during a visual inspection, said Tezuka.

Boeing 787s were grounded worldwide earlier this year after batteries made by GS Yuasa Corp. melted on two planes. Tokyo-based ANA, which has called the 787 an “indispensable aircraft” for the group’s future plans, restarted commercial flights on the Dreamliner in June.

The grounding of the jet pared ANA’s sales by 8 billion yen ($81 million) in the quarter ended June. Japan Airlines Co., the world’s second-largest operator of 787s, said the grounding of its Dreamliner fleet cut sales by 4.8 billion yen in the same period.

To contact the reporters on this story: Chris Cooper in Tokyo at ccooper1@bloomberg.net; Kiyotaka Matsuda in Tokyo at kmatsuda@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anand Krishnamoorthy at anandk@bloomberg.net

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