Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Air India to resume Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights next week, replaces 19 planes


New Delhi: Air India today decided to resume next week domestic operations of the Dreamliner aircraft, grounded for four months due to a battery problem, and replace 19 aged Airbus A-320s with new leased ones.
The Air India Board, which met here, was briefed about the progress of making changes in the batteries of six Boeing 787 Dreamliners, owned by Air India, airline sources said.
While the first domestic flight of the Dreamliner would take place next week, the national carrier would fly to the first international destination by the third week of May, they said.
A team of Boeing engineers and those from Air India have been replacing the new packages of the lithium ion batteries. The battery sparks in two of these aircraft owned by Japanese airlines had led to the grounding of 50 Dreamliners worldwide mid-January.
07/05/13 PTI/Economic Times