Air India Will Not Ground 787s, For Now
By Jay Menon firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: AWIN First
January 16, 2013
Air India has no plans to ground its current fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft despite reports of technical difficulties at other airlines.
Earlier today Japanese airlines All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines grounded all 24 of their 787s following a series of technical problems. “We are operating all our [Boeing 787] aircraft as per schedule, as of now,” an Air India spokesman tells Aviation Week.
Air India currently has six 787s.
The spokesman says the airline has not received any information from Boeing or India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation [DGCA] regarding the 787 issues.
“We will also await the findings of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) probe into the problems and act accordingly as and when we receive information,” the spokesman adds.
India’s Civil Aviation Ministry had raised concern over a battery fire that erupted in a 787 aircraft operated by Japan Airlines parked at Boston Logan International Airport on Jan. 7.
Several airlines in the past weeks have reported problems with their 787s, ranging from fuel leakage, cracked cockpit windows and issues with the aircraft’s computer operating system. The incidents have prompted the FAA to launch a comprehensive review of the 787’s critical systems, including design, manufacture and assembly.
An airline spokesman last year told Aviation Week that the carrier’s 787s were not operating at full capacity because of technical issues and that at any point in time, at least one of the aircraft was grounded due to some technical problems.