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Air India grounds all six Dreamliner planes

Air India grounded all its six Boeing-787 Dreamliner planes after a global directive by US regulator, Federal Aviation Administration, to stop operations of all the 50 such planes delivered so far to various airlines.

Air India grounds all six Dreamliner planes

Air India today grounded all its six Boeing-787 Dreamliner planes after a global directive by US regulator, Federal Aviation Administration, to stop operations of all the 50 such planes delivered so far to various airlines. The FAA directive was immediately adhered to by aviation regulator of countries whose airlines have so far bought these latest aircraft. Yesterday, Japan had grounded 24 Dreamliner owned by two of its airlines ANA (All Nippon Airways) and Japan Airlines.

US, Japan, others ground Boeing Dreamliner indefinitely

Air India officials said they have grounded all the six planes in its fleet with immediate effect following the FAA directive and the DGCA advisory. They said that FAA has directed the grounding of the entire Dreamliner fleet till such time as the aircraft manufacturer Boeing "demonstrate compliance" of various measures the American regulator has asked it to carry out. However, the officials maintained that its services will not be affected in any major way as flights to Paris and Frankurt operated by the Dreamliner will now be serviced by Boeing 777. While one of the six planes is always on a standby, three are used on the domestic sector and two on international including Paris and Frankfurt, they said, adding that domestic services would be absorbed by the existing fleet of aircraft.

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