Air India using Boeing 787 Dreamliners for more hours than global average

Nov 09 2013, 14:36 IST
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The dispatch reliability of the Dreamliners was much higher at 98.2 pct compared to the industry average of 97 pct. Reuters The dispatch reliability of the Dreamliners was much higher at 98.2 pct compared to the industry average of 97 pct. Reuters
SummaryThere are no safety problems involving the Boeing 787 Dreamliners, says Ajit Singh.

Undeterred by the problems in the Boeing 787 Dreamliners, Air India is using these sophisticated airplanes for more hours than the global average and banking on its cost-reduction capabilities, as constant software and hardware upgrades are being carried out on the planes by Boeing.

While all nine planes were being flown daily, the tenth aircraft that arrived two days ago would be put into flight operations by November 15, a top Air India official said.

There are a total of 27 of these aircraft on order.

With the plane experiencing problems one after another, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said there were no safety issues involving the plane and the faults would be worked out.

"There are no safety issues involving the Boeing 787 Dreamliners. There were some glitches, which are being worked out," Singh said.

He said a team from Boeing would be coming to India to access the situation and help Air India.

The Minister said he had discussed these issues with Boeing officials during his recent visit to the US.

The airline management also echoed the Minister's view.

"We have not experienced a single safety issue in our fleet. It is a safe aircraft. We have not received a single complaint about its safety from any passenger so far. In fact, they are very appreciative of the ambience and comfort inside, like the quietness of the cabin, mood-lighting, spacious seats and wider windows," Air India CMD Rohit Nandan said.

No passenger booked to fly on a Boeing 787 Dreamliners cancelled the booking and travel agents were in fact getting more passengers for these Boeing 787s, he said, adding the cost of operating this aircraft was 30 per cent less than other aircraft in Air India fleet.

To questions about a panel falling off from the belly of the aircraft while landing in Bangalore last month, Nandan and other top airline officials said even the DGCA has not designated the incident as a safety issue as it had not affected pressurisation of the aircraft or its baggage bin.

Cracks on the windshield of the plane in Melbourne are incidents which can happen on any aircraft due to various reasons like differential temperature outside and inside or bird hit, they said.

"There has been no instance worldwide of all the 3-4 layers of the cockpit screen being broken or cracked," the officials said, adding that safety of the plane was not compromised in any of

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