All Nippon Airways will be forced to restrict flights of the Boeing 787 to domestic and regional routes for 12-18 months after taking delivery in late May 2008 because it is expected to take that long for cautious Japanese bureaucrats to approve extended operations (ETOPS) over the North Pacific. As it did with the 777, Boeing will certify the 787 with full ETOPs authority, but the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) is expected to take at least a year doing its own certification, as it ...

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