GS Yuasa says working closely with Boeing to get 787 flying

Sun Mar 3, 2013 9:43pm EST
 
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TOKYO (Reuters) - GS Yuasa Corp (6674.T: Quote), the Japanese maker of lithium-ion battery cells used in Boeing Co's (BA.N: Quote) 787 Dreamliner, said it is working closely with the U.S. company, lead battery contractor Thales SA (TCFP.PA: Quote) of France and regulators to get the 787 back into the air.

Its statement comes after a report in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday said the company disagreed with Boeing about what should be included in a package of measures aimed at getting the airliner back in the air.

"Workers involved in design, production and quality control are working 24 hours a day using all their technical skill and knowledge to uncover the cause and make the battery safer," GS Yuasa said.

One battery caught fire onboard a Japan Airlines Co (9201.T: Quote) plane in Boston while another forced an All Nippon Airways Co (9202.T: Quote) plane to make an emergency landing in western Japan in January, prompting regulators in the U.S., Japan and elsewhere to ground all 50 Dreamliners in operation.

(Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

 
An All Nippon Airways' (ANA) Boeing Co's 787 Dreamliner plane is seen at Haneda airport in Tokyo January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai