November 26, 2012
State-run Air India’s recently delivered Boeing 787s are not operating at full capacity because of technical issues.
“At any given point in time, at least one of the three aircraft, which has been recently added to the [Air India] fleet, is grounded due to some technical snag,” an airline spokesperson tells Aviation Week.
“The snag has caused massive delays in most of the domestic sectors where the aircraft has been deployed,” the spokesperson continues, adding that a team of engineers from Boeing is expected to arrive in India shortly to rectify the problem.
Air India on Sept. 8 took delivery of the first of the 27 787s it has ordered from Boeing after an almost a four-year delay. The much-awaited aircraft, however, have developed problems from the first day, the spokesperson says.
In one of its first flights from New Delhi to Bengaluru in September, the cooling system of the aircraft failed. The airplane, which was taxiing for takeoff, was forced to return to the bay following the glitch, resulting in a delay of about 2 hr., according to the spokesperson.
787 photo: Boeing