Air India has been compensated by the US aircraft manufacturer Boeing for prolonged grounding of Dreamliner aircraft, Rajya Sabha was informed today.
“For prolonged grounding of Dreamliners, Air India has received compensation from Boeing on mutually acceptable terms,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said.
Replying to a question on technical snags in Air India’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet, he said there were 238 instances of delays of Boeing 787 flights which had occurred till November 18 this year.
The snags related to software glitches and other issues like windshield cracks, valve failures, oil loss and failure of traffic collision avoidance system, he said.
“The snags resulted in delays which caused financial outgo,” Sharma said.
The number of overall flights cancelled and delayed between August and October this year were 771 and 9,836 respectively, he said.
To another question, the Minister said Air India’s losses were on the decline from Rs 7559.74 crore in 2011-12 to Rs 5490.16 crore in 2012-13 and Rs 5388.82 crore in 2013-14.
To a question on near miss incidents, he said the number of such incidents was 29 in 2011, 18 in 2012, 23 in 2013 and 28 this year so far.