New Delhi, Aug. 9: The delivery of Boeing 787 Dreamliners to Air India has been delayed by two months to December.
Air India had ordered for 27 Dreamliners in 2005 and was expecting the delivery of the first aircraft in October this year, followed by two in November and one in December.
However, sources in the national carrier said Boeing would not be able to meet the deadline owing to a delay in clearances from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which regulates airlines in the US.
FAA has some issues with the aircraft and has brought the same to Boeings notice. We have told them to clear the glitches and we would only accept the aircraft after they get the required clearances from their nodal agency, said a senior Air India official.
Air India has already suffered losses of Rs 6,000 crore in revenues because of constant delays in the delivery of the aircraft.
A committee is already in place and in talks with Boeing over the issue of compensation. It is a long-drawn process and we are not going to back down from our demand of compensation, said the official.
The national carrier is trying hard to stay afloat and the induction of Dreamliners is a critical part of the turnaround plan.
Meanwhile, the civil aviation ministry today tried to disperse the controversy surrounding the removal of Arvind Jadhav as Air India chairman and managing director.
Sources close to Jadhav said he was prepared for the worst even though the civil aviation ministry had made no such indication.
His appointment was done by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). It was the governments prerogative to retain or remove him from the post before his three-year tenure ends on May 4 next year, said a source close to Jadhav.
Jadhav has been under attack from sections of the employees and political parties.
His tenure has seen three major strikes by pilots and other employees.