NCA submits list of measures as it looks to stop maintenance issues happening again

Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) has submitted the preventive measures for the business improvement order issued by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism (MLIT) as it looks to prevent maintenance and airworthiness issues from happening in future operations.

NCA was ordered by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) on 20 July this year to improve a range of its maintenance and record keeping practices. JCAB is part of MLIT and was made in response to the freighter carrier grounding flights from 17 June to 4 July after it found discrepancies in its records.

NCA said as of today, two aircraft (JA18KZ and JA05KZ) are back in operation, while the remaining nine aircraft (two 747-400Fs and seven 747-8F) sare still grounded for verification of maintenance records and airworthiness certification.

NCA said in a statement: “We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience that we caused our customers from the grounding of the aircraft and the suspension of the flights. We also apologise for the loss of trust as a result of the Business Improvement Order.

“We will unite all staff and management to fully implement the preventive measures for re-starting a safe operation with a goal to “re-create NCA from ZERO”.