While Air India’s (AI) Dreamliner troubles continue, the civil aviation ministry is of the view that the aircraft is safe.
“There are no safety issues with the 787 Dreamliner,” civil aviation minister Ajit Singh, who arrived in AI’s 10th Dreamliner aircraft from the US on Wednesday, said.
Sources said the civil aviation ministry and Boeing officials met in Seattle during Singh’s visit to the US to discuss issues about the Dreamliner. Ministry officials described as “initial hiccups” the incidents involving the 787 recently.
“All new aircraft face problems like this. The A320 had some issues when it was launched. As far as the cockpit windshield cracking is concerned, there have been four such incidents involving other airlines,” a senior ministry official said.
The Boeing 787 is central to AI’s turnaround plans. Sectors like Frankfurt where AI has deployed the aircraft and which were bleeding the airline heavily have turned cash-positive since the deployment of the Dreamliner.
On November 3, the cockpit windshield of an AI Dreamliner cracked while the plane landed in Melbourne. On November 5, an AI 787 flying from London to Delhi made an emergency landing at the IGI airport after warning lights in the cockpit indicated a problem with the braking system.