The official, who could not be named as the plans are not public, said the state-owned airline had also put fleet expansion on hold, scrapping a proposal to lease eight Boeing 787 wide-body aircraft. Air India's board approved the proposal in April but nothing further had been done.
Hejmadi was in the city to deliver the keynote address at the 112th birthday celebrations of the airline founder JRD Tata over the weekend. He founded the airline as Tata Airlines on October 15, 1932 which was taken over the government later.
Air India currently has 20 Dreamliners in its fleet. The carrier had signed a deal with the American aircraft maker Boeing Co in 2005 to acquire 68 planes, of which 27 are the Boeing 787-800s. The rest 41 are Boeing 777s (23) and 737-800 (18).
Engineers flew from Hong Kong to fix the glitch, a spokesman for state-run Air India said, adding the plane with 215 passengers on board was due to take off for New Delhi on Thursday afternoon.
A Dreamliner owned by Ethiopian Airlines caught fire at London Heathrow airport on Friday, sparking an investigation just 11 weeks after regulators ended a worldwide grounding of the same type of aircraft.
Boeing Co. said it will create new aircraft design centres which will be a way to increase its engineering and propulsion capacity as demand rises for new aircraft and services.
Air India is likely to emerge as a cash surplus company in the next financial year with a net earning of over Rs 1,000 crore on the back of high passenger revenue and sale and lease back of Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
Orders by Chinese airlines to buy 41 Boeing 787 Dreamliners will not be affected despite several countries, including the US, Japan and India grounding the planes due to fire risk, officials here said today.
US federal agency has asked its airlines to ground the Boeing 787, popularly known as the Dreamliner, due to safety hazard.
Japan's two leading airlines grounded their fleets of Boeing 787s on Wednesday after one of the Dreamliner passenger jets made an emergency landing, heightening safety concerns over a plane many see as the future of commercial aviation.
There are no plans at present to ground Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes of Air India even though the aviation regulator DGCA proposes to carry out a safety review of the new aircraft, officials said.
Air India could fly the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes to destinations like Istanbul and Bali in addition to deploying them on Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore routes which will start operating in the next few weeks.
Air India's new Boeing 787 Dreamliner will start flying on domestic routes from September 19, with the airline hoping that the fuel-efficient aircraftwill bring back its good old 'Maharaja' days by saving costs.
After a delay of almost four years and a prolonged spat over compensation between Boeing and the national carrier, Air India has finally received its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. But will the Dreamliner alone be able to lift the Maharaja's fortunes?, reports Sumit Jha and Ronojoy Banerjee of CNBC-TV18.
Expecting Air India to induct the first three Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft this month, government is likely to approve next week a compensation package from the US aircraft manufacturer for an over three-year delay in delivery of the planes.
Air India, which is operating a curtailed global flight schedule due to the pilots' strike, is likely to reopen international bookings and firm up a fresh operating schedule by this weekend with the help of 130 executive pilots.
All Nippon Airways' first Boeing 787 Dreamliner touched down in Tokyo early on Wednesday with hundreds of aviation fans welcoming the carbon-composite plane that its American maker is fielding, albeit three years late, to keep rival Airbus out of its best market.