Air India Will Maintain 787 Delivery Schedule Despite Technical Issues
By Jay Menon firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: AWIN First
December 07, 2012
Air India and Boeing are looking into operational snags in recently delivered Boeing 787s that have grounded at least one aircraft, but the carrier says it will not change delivery plans of all 787s on order.
“Since the induction of this aircraft  is crucial for effective implementation of Air India’s turnaround and financial restructuring plans, the acquisition will continue as planned and technical issues will be resolved,” says junior Minister for Civil Aviation K. C. Venugopal.
The national airline’s recently delivered 787s are not operating at full capacity because of technical issues, and at any given point in time, at least one of the three aircraft is grounded due to a technical fault, an Air India official told Aviation Week recently.
The minister says the government is regularly reviewing the operational issues concerning the new aircraft with Air India.
“Air India has already taken up the technical snag issue with Boeing, and the government is reviewing the various operational issues of B787s with Air India from time to time,” Venugopal says.
The problem on the first 787 was reported in its power equipment liquid cooling system and the electrical power system. The aircraft was returned to service with an interim solution until “modifications of the aircraft’s electrical system are available in the first quarter of 2013,” he says.
Air India plans to receive the fourth 787 by year-end.
787 photo: Boeing