Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) announced that it would be completing the investigation of the first aircraft (JA18KZ) by today and JA18KZ will resume operations between NRT and PVG on 5 July 2018.
NCA said it was doing best effort “to confirm all our aircraft safety”. The rest of the aircraft operation will resume in sequence as soon as the aircraft safety is confirmed, NCA added.
“We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience and worries that we caused our customers. We will do our utmost effort to check safety for resuming operation as quickly as possible,” it said.
Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) was forced to ground its entire freighter fleet of 11 B747Fs on 17 June in order to verify all maintenance records were accurate and complete. On 22 June the carrier said the process was taking longer than expected and the fleet would remain grounded for another week.
The suspension on 17 June followed what the carrier said was the discovery of an “inappropriate maintenance record concerning the lubricating oil supply to the aircraft parts (for JA14KZ) at Narita airport on April 3, 2018.”
Japan’s transport ministry had earlier, last month, began looking into what it said was “negligence” in reporting serious damage to its aircraft on multiple occasions.