Jan 19, 2013, 03.57 PM IST
Air India expects an interim report from Boeing and US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a day or two on their probe into the technical problems faced by Dreamliner aircraft, all 50 of which have been grounded across the globe.
Air India has grounded six of these planes in its fleet. Once a report is received, the corrective measures that need to be taken by aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the national carrier would become clear and "we can move forward to handle the problem", they said.
The entire 50-strong global fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners, including six of Air India, were grounded yesterday after US regulator FAA asked airlines to stop their operations temporarily till a battery fire risk was corrected. Asked whether Air India would be seeking compensation from the US aircraft maker regarding the losses it would suffer due to the grounding of these planes, the sources said compensation was an issue but the airline was not considering it right now.
Meanwhile, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said Air India would be entitled to "some compensation" but "this can be discussed with Boeing when the time comes... These problems will entitle Air India some reimbursement but first let us get some clarity on the problem." Asked whether there would be any move to prune the orders for 27 B-787s, he said, "No. First let us get some clarity as to what is the problem, how long it will take to rectify it." He said most of the orders of Boeing are for these planes, numbering around 800. "They have worked over ten years to develop this aircraft."
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