Report: Japan eased standards ahead of Boeing 787 rollout
WIRE REPORTS January 28, 2013 9:06AM
Updated: March 1, 2013 7:30PM
Japan’s government stepped in to give Boeing Co.’s now-grounded 787 Dreamliner and its made-in-Japan technology a boost in 2008 by easing safety regulations, fast-tracking the rollout of the groundbreaking jet for Japan’s biggest airlines, according to records and participants in the process, Reuters reported Monday.
The concessions by an advisory panel to Japan’s transport ministry reflected pressure from All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines and a push to support Japanese firms that supply 35 percent of the 787 from the carbon-fiber in its wings to sophisticated electrical systems and batteries used to save fuel, people involved in the deliberations told Reuters.