All Nippon Airways to return PW powered Boeing 777s to service

ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS (NH/ANA) have announced that they will be bringing a number of their stored Pratt & Whitney 4000 powered Boeing 777’s back in to service in the coming months. The aircraft were (along with a number of other operators’ PW powered examples) grounded in February 2021 following some well-publicised operational events involving the engines’ fan blades (JAPAN AIRLINES in late 2020, and UNITED AIRLINES in early 2021).

ANA B777-281ER JA742A will soon be returning to service. JAL B777-346 JA751J’s fate is not so certain.

The return to service is dependent on various modifications being done to the engines, and ANA now say these have been done thus allowing the aircraft to fly again. It’s not yet clear exactly how many will retrurn and for how long.

JAPAN AIRLINES (JL/JAL) have disposed of much of their PW fleet but there are still a number in Japan. Currently there has been no indication that these will also be reactivated.

JAL B777-246ER JA701J also has an uncertain future.


Photo Log: Haneda, 27-JAN-2022

Some of my photos from a day at Haneda.


Air Do B767-381ER JA607A
All Nippon Airways A321-211 JA112A
All Nippon Airways A321-272N JA148A
All Nippon Airways A321-272N JA149A
All Nippon Airways B737-881 JA70AN
All Nippon Airways B737-800 JA90AN
All Nippon Airways B787-8 JA825A
Japan Airlines A350-941 JA10XJ
Japan Airlines B737-846 JA319J
Japan Airlines B767-346ER JA656J
Japan Airlines B777-246ER JA709J
Japan Airlines B777-346ER JA732J
Japan Airlines B787-9 JA882J
J-Air Embraer 190-100STD JA241J
Japan Transocean Air B737-8Q3 JA11RK

Photo Log: Haneda, 28-FEB-2022

I spent some time on top of Haneda’s Terminal 3 at the end of February with my new D850 and the trusty D3s. Here are some of the results. Head over to Flickr to see the originals.

All Nippon Airways B787-8 JA815A
Japan Airlines A350-941 JA01XJ
Japan Airlines B777-346ER JA732J
Starflyer A320-214 JA26MC
Delta Air Lines A330-941 N403DX
Philippine Airlines A321-271N RP-C9933

I finished the day looking over the northern runway.

Air Do B737-781 JA08AN
All Nippon Airways B787-9 JA877A



Photo Credit: Flickr Commons / Alan Wilson

JAPAN AIRLINES (JL/JAL) have disposed of B737-846 JA326J (msn 35355). The aircraft has been painted white and reregistered as T7-304. It departed Tokyo (HND) on 5-MAR-2022. It ferried to Seoul (ICN) and then on to Almaty (ALA).  

Last service with JAL was on 29-OCT-2021 as [JAL142] from Aomori (AOJ) to Tokyo (HND). 

It was initially reported as being ex-JA324J (msn 35353) but as of today (10-MAR-2022) that aircraft is still at Haneda. It too is painted all white. Its last service with JAL was on 08-OCT-2021 as [JAL462] from Tokushima (TKS) to Tokyo (HND).