In an attempt to get Air India back on track, civil aviation ministry officials said that the state-owned carrier would review its order of Dreamliners, a fleet of 27 Boeing 787 aircraft that started getting delivered from September 2012.
Already 20 aircraft have been delivered and the 21st is on its way. It is the remaining order that would be reviewed by the government,reports Financial Express.
The development comes after the Prime Minister’s Office asked the loss-making airline to submit a detailed performance report and a revival plan. “In the past we had bigger plans (for the Dreamliners) but we have not been able to fill the seats,” officials said.
Its seems that Air India has scheduled its Dreamliners without proper groundwork and flying plan. It was expecting a passenger load factor (PLF) of 80%, but all its international flights put together has a PLF of about 70%. For example, on the Delhi-Moscow route, the PLF is as low as 47%, with losses staggering at R60 crore. Delhi-Sydney-Melbourne reported R300 crore in losses.