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“We are expanding our network with Dreamliners. The B787s will be game changer for Air india,” Singh said.
“The Dreamliners are very fuel efficient, have new technology and passenger friendly. They would improve our performance,” the minister said as the state-of-the-art aircraft took to the skies again last month after being grounded since January 17 after reporting several battery fire incidents.
Air India has re-launched commercial flight of the Dreamliner between Delhi and London on May 22 and is planning to begin full-scale global operations, with flights from Delhi to Dubai, Paris and Frankfurt by the end of this month, said an Air India official.
The airline has ordered a total of 27 Dreamliners.
The Boeing 787s were grounded worldwide since January 17 after a fire in the lithium-ion batteries of a parked plane in Boston and a case of forced landing of another B-787 for almost identical reason in Japan.
Air India has not disclosed the amount of compensation the US aircraft manufacturer would give to the national carrier for to the grounding, but said the airline has set up an internal committee to talk to Boeing on the issue.
Boeing’s senior vice president Dinesh Keskar had said that the refitting of new batteries in each of the 50 B-787s which were grounded worldwide has given them confidence.
“We are confident that the 787 is safe and we stand behind its overall integrity,” Mr Keskar said.