The grounding of the Dreamliners would not have any impact on Air India's operations, airline officials said, adding the flights to Dubai, Paris and Frankurt operated by these airplanes would now be serviced by Boeing 777s.
While one of the six planes is always on a standby, three are used on the domestic sector and two on the international routes, they said, adding that domestic services would be absorbed by the existing fleet of aircraft.
After the battery fire incident in Japan yesterday, the country had grounded 24 Dreamliner owned by two of its airlines -- All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines.
This followed a similar incident in Boston on January seven. Both incidents involved lithium ion batteries whose failures "resulted in release of flammable
eletrolytes, heat damage and smoke on two 787 airplanes," the FAA said.
Since Friday last, the FAA and Boeing have been probing the reasons behind these battery failures, it said, adding "these conditions, if not corrected, could result in damage to critical systems and structures, and the potential for fire in the electrical compartment."
The FAA directive was immediately adhered to by aviation regulator of countries whose airlines have so far bought these latest aircraft, including the
Three of these planes, all owned by Japanese carriers, have suffered technical and other problems this month -- an electrical fire, fuel leakage and a broken cockpit window.
In September last, Air India had also experienced a malfunctioning in a Dreamliner's liquid cooling system and electrical power system which had led to the grounding of all three of these planes at that time.
After the faults were rectified, these aircraft were so far flying on select domestic and international routes.
Regarding the fuel leak problem, Air India officials had said this was not something "unusual as it occurs in all aircraft types. Such problems have to be rectified immediately but these are not anything new or different."
Boeing has designated a team in Delhi for any trouble- shooting for the
Dreamliners, which are considered the most technologically advanced aircraft made of lightweight composite materials instead of
In a similar instance in February 1990, the then Indian Airlines had grounded its entire fleet of 18 Airbus A-320s after a fatal crash in Bangalore and several more serious technical breakdowns in the past. The embargo was lifted after eight months on October 30 that year.
#2 - Japan makes many of the Boring components - India just imports expensive prototypes.
Big bummer! Japan bought a lot more of them than India did. Boeing stock is down 3%.
Another piece of unnecessary junk bought at exorbitant cost to taxpayers by Congress govt and its UPA allies to further bankrupt IA/AI and the nation just to create jobs in America and keep Americans happy.