Air India has sought compensation from aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing Co for a delay in delivery of 787 Dreamliner series jets, saying that could affect the Indian carrier's growth plans, a top company official said on Friday.
"We are in talks for compensation and Boeing is willing to give us the compensation," V Thulasidas, Chairman and Managing director of National Aviation Company of India (NACIL) said.
Nacil is the new formed entity that operates Air India and Indian ( formerly Indian Airlines) after the two were merged recently.
To bolster its fleet, AI has placed an $11.4-billion order for 68 jets, 27 of which are 787 Dreamliners — Boeing's latest long-range commercial jet.
As per the original schedule Air India was to receive the first delivery of the Dreamliner by the middle of 2008. Boeing has, however, pushed the delivery schedule by another three months.
"We have to look for alternatives now. Further delays have now created difficulties," Thulasidas said. Air India would now receive the first of these jets not before February 2009.
Thulasidas declined to comment on the amount of compensation sought from Boeing.
Recent media reports have said Australia's Qantas Airways would also demand compensation from Boeing for delay in delivery of 787 Dreamliners.
India's private carrier Jet Airways has also ordered 10 such aircraft, but their delivery schedule commences only in 2011.