Japan Airlines (JAL) announced that it will retire its entire fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft equipped with “Pratt & Whitney” engines, after suspending operations in February following an incident involving a Pratt 777 in the US.
The decision, which affects thirteen Boeing 777s operated by the company, has also been taken in response to another engine failure during a flight on a JAL aircraft of the same type that took place between Naha (southwestern Japan) and Tokyo last December, the company explained in a statement.
“We will continue to cooperate fully with the Japan Transportation Safety Board’s investigation to determine the cause of the incident,” the Japanese airline said.
JAL had initially planned to retire its entire fleet of Boeing 777s with “Pratt & Whitney” engines by March 2022, but has finally decided to accelerate that move due to “no reports of resumed operations” with those aircraft and “it is difficult to forecast the situation at present.”
In order to continue operating the domestic routes served by the 777s, JAL will employ new Airbus A350s and other aircraft used on international routes that are currently suspended due to pandemic restrictions.
Following the February incident on a United Airlines B777-200, Boeing recommended suspending operations of the 69 777s in service and 59 in storage, all of which are powered by Pratt & Whitney engines.