New snag: AI Dreamliner makes priority landing

Nov 06 2013, 02:04 IST
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SummaryAI 116, London-Delhi flight develops fault in braking system.

just a couple of days after the windshield of an Air India-operated Boeing 787 Dreamliner cracked after landing, another Dreamliner operated by the national carrier developed a fault in its braking system, necessitating priority landing at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport early on Monday morning.

The Air India (AI 116) flight from London, with 174 passengers on board, made priority landing after some warning lights indicated a problem with the braking system. “We have taken up the issue with Boeing. The technical problem in the aircraft has been resolved and it will be pressed into service,” said an Air India official.

The Dreamliner has been facing several problems since it started operations. The major problem started with cases of its battery catching fire in January forcing airlines across the world, including Air India, to ground their entire fleet of the aircraft for a few months. More recently on October 12, a panel fell off an Air India Delhi-Bangalore Dreamliner. Based on a preliminary inquiry, AI suspended an engineer.

The series of glitches come in the wake of a statement made by Boeing that it was going to focus all its energy to further improve the reliability of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

On Friday, Dinesh Keskar, senior vice-president (sales, Asia-Pacific and India), Boeing had said, “We are going to focus all our energy to make things right. We have a team in place here which monitors the operations and we are in touch with them. We develop plans together as to how we are going to fix it and I think we are already in that mode.”

“Today, worldwide we are at 97 per cent reliability. We are not pleased with that, we will improve that and we will put resource to do that and Air India is no exception,” Keskar had said.

Air India had ordered 27 Boeing 787 aircraft, of which it has received nine. The tenth aircraft is likely to arrive in India in this week.

Meanwhile, the cracked windshield on the Delhi-Melbourne flight has been replaced by a new one. The aircraft is expected to return here this evening.

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