India has asked Boeing Co. to find a solution for frequent problems with state-owned Air India Ltd.’s 787 Dreamliners, and said any decision on the fleet will depend on the planemaker’s response.
“There are a lot of glitches which are happening every now and then,” Ajit Singh, India’s civil aviation minister, told reporters in New Delhi today. “Everything depends on what kind of response we get,” he said, when asked if grounding the fleet was an option.
The aircraft has experienced a series of malfunctions since its debut in 2011, including a three-month grounding of the global fleet last year after battery meltdowns on two planes. Air India, which hasn’t reported an annual profit since 2007, experienced 136 snags with the plane as of Nov. 27, according to the aviation ministry.
Ashmita Sethi, a Boeing spokeswoman in India, didn’t immediately respond to calls to her mobile phone and an e-mail seeking comment.
Dinesh Keskar, a senior vice president at the Chicago-based planemaker, said on Feb. 11 that Air India is dissatisfied with the performance of the Dreamliner.