Day 1: AI Dreamliner’s dream run begins with AC failure

Sep 20 2012, 01:06 IST
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SummaryThe first day’s commercial flight of Air India’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner ran into trouble after a ‘minor’ problem was detected in the plane’s air conditioning system

The first day’s commercial flight of Air India’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner ran into trouble after a ‘minor’ problem was detected in the plane’s air conditioning system.

While, readying to operate on the Delhi-Bangalore route, immediately after the push back (when the plane is detached from the aerobridge and doors are closed) at the Delhi airport, pilots complained that the aircraft’s AC was not functioning and asked engineers to rectify it.

An Air India official, while confirming the incident, said that there was a “minor” flaw in AC. “Some problems were detected in the airplane’s AC that was rectified and the plane left at 6.35 PM, over two hours later than the scheduled 4.30 PM,” the official said without specifying the problems.

The flight to Bangalore was the third flight taken by the brand new airplane, which had during the day flown to Chennai and returned.

Air India, which took the delivery of the second plane today, started the commercial operations today and is operating it in the Delhi-Chennai and Delhi Bangalore sectors.

The Dreamliner’s first commercial flight, between Delhi and Chennai, had taken off as scheduled at 7:10 AM from the Delhi airport with 116 passengers on board.

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