For AI, Dreamliner woes may be teething trouble

There is little doubt that Air India’s experience with the Boeing 787 aircraft has been a troubled one. Since the induction of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in its fleet in September last year — almost three years after it was to be inducted — Air India has had to face a number of technical glitches in the aircraft.

Today Air India is flying ten of the 27 Dreamliners that it has ordered. The latest one joined the fleet last week. The remaining aircraft will be inducted in the airline’s fleet by 2015.

Trouble for the Dreamliner started on its very first flight between Delhi and Bangalore on September 19 last year, when there was a problem in the air conditioning in the aircraft. The problem led to the flight being delayed by several hours and with it began the list of troubles that Air India continues to face till date.

Global problem
Perhaps the only consolation is that Air India is not the only airline facing problems with the Boeing 787. The other airlines, including Japanese carrier ANA, Ethopian and United, which too had got the Dreamliner, have faced similar issues with the result that a few months after the aircraft was inducted in Air India’s fleet a directive from the US Federal Aviation Authorities grounded all Boeing 787s across the globe.

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