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ANA Cancels Boeing 787 Flights To San Jose Through Mid-February

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) -- All-Nippon Airways has canceled until Feb. 18 all flights to Tokyo from Mineta San Jose International Airport as it continues to ground its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in the United States and Japan, an airport spokeswoman said.

The Japanese airline on Friday opted to halt operations of its Boeing 787 planes on all international flights to Feb. 18 and domestic routes to Feb. 12, airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said.

There is no word yet on when All-Nippon will resume its five-day-per-week direct flights from San Jose to Tokyo that the airline launched on Jan. 11, Barnes said.

The airline decided to halt all flights involving its 787 Dreamliner planes on Jan. 16 after the pilot of a 787 had to make an emergency landing at Takamatsu Airport in Japan due to a battery failure on Jan. 15, airline officials said.

Since then, All-Nippon has cancelled 643 domestic and 195 international flights together affecting more than 80,000 passengers, who have been offered refunds or rescheduled flights, the airline said on its website.

The FAA on Jan. 16 ordered all 787 planes in the United States grounded and the agency continues to study the model's recent operational problems centering on lithium ion batteries that have failed or overheated on the planes.

The U.S. agency started to examine the 787 after a fire caused by a faulty battery on Jan. 7 and a fuel leak on Jan. 8 grounded 787s owned by Japan Airways in Boston.

The agency then ordered U.S. flights of the planes stopped after the Jan. 15 emergency landing in Japan.

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