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 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). 


JA008D Boeing 777-289 retired

Photo Credit: S J Byles

Ex-JAPAN AIR SYSTEM (JD/JAS) and, more recently, JAPAN AIRLINES (JL/JAL) Boeing 777-289 (line/msn 146/27640) JA008D has been ferried to Victorville (VCV) for part out and scrap. It left Tokyo (HND) on February 23rd as [JAL8132]. It was withdrawn from JAPAN AIRLINESservice in June 2020. 

It’s pictured above in happier times while with JAPAN AIR SYSTEM at Haneda in January 2003.


Japan Airlines take delivery of 15th A350

Photo Credit: Airbus

JAPAN AIRLINES  (JL/JAL) recently took delivery of their fifteenth Airbus A350. JA15XJ (msn 0543) arrived from Toulouse (TLS) at Tokyo Haneda (HND) on the morning of 17th February. It entered service on 21st Feb flying from Haneda to Naha (OKA) as [JAL903]. It’s painted in a not particualry insipiring One World scheme.