New Delhi: The grounding of six Air India Boeing 787 dreamliners has put the spotlight on the total order for 27 of these aircraft placed by the national carrier in 2005.
Air India had acquired six of these aircrafts while 21 are yet to be delivered. When asked whether Air India could cancel the orders for the 21 aircraft following the global controversy over the battery systems of these aircraft, civil aviation minister Ajit Singh said, “no decision would be taken in haste” and that one would have to wait for some more time before some clarity emerges. He pointed out that Boeing has 800 orders world-wide for these aircraft.
Highly placed civil aviation ministry sources have already indicated that Air India would seek compensation for the grounding.
The aircraft were grounded following an airworthiness directive issued on Thursday by the US Federal Aviation Agency (FAA). AI may receive an interim report soon on the status of the aircraft and its battery systems from the manufacturer Boeing.