Air India in a soup with Boeing Dreamliners 787

Published on : Saturday, August 23, 2014

Boeing-Dreamliners-787-300x199The Indian official carrier Air India had purchased Boeing Dreamliners 787 two years ago in 2012 but the troubles with the aircraft kept cropping up.

An Air India 787 was grounded in Seoul as two engines of the plane had developed problems.


A common problem cited in Boeing 787 Dreamliner as another plane of a different airline was also found with a similar issues.


Under the instructions of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration the plane has been taken out of operation. Engineers from the General Electric Co. had inspected the plane.


It is still unclear whether the plane would return back to service said airline officials. Engineers from the company were expected to reach Seoul to check the engines.

The plane has two GE engines similar to those on a U.K.-based Thomson Airways 787 that suffered a failure earlier this month while flying over the Atlantic.


Another Dreamliner flying in an Indian domestic route in India was compelled to turn back as its windshield developed cracks.

Technical problems will jeopardise the carrier’s chances to make profit with its new plans of cutting cost and attracting more passengers.


All Dreamliner planes fitted with similar engines need to be inspected to check potential faults.

A domestic flight from Delhi to Kolkata on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner had to put off as the pilot saw a crack on the windshield. Owing to the three layers in the windshield the passengers were safe.

A number of faults in the aircraft have been cited which include overheating of an oven leading to smoke in a galley, malfunctioning of spoilers which help in slowing the aircraft down had been detected which would eventually lead to failure in breaks.


Air India takes international flight to Dubai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Sydney, Frankfurt, Milan and Moscow.


It flies 16 Boeing 787s Dreamliners and has another 11 on order.

With such alarming reports and 318 delays from June 30, 2014, where four cases include windshield cracks the Air India officials are in constant touch with Boeing.


The Indian officials are looking for a replacement of the fuel guzzling plane. Whether Boeing will replace the order or have the faults corrected by their engineers is something that the Aviation ministry of India needs to lookout for. Passenger safety is optimum and both airlines and manufacturers have to more responsible in airline operations.

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