Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Why is the Government treating Boeing with kid gloves?

Even after chronic technical failures of Dreamliner aircraft and Air India’s reputation taking a beating, the government is yet to take the US-based aircraft manufacturer, Boeing to task.

In the last 3 weeks, a number of flights between Kolkata and Delhi were cancelled due to technical snags in the Dreamliner and such glitches are being reported very often in the airline’s international sectors as well.

Air India’s Engineering Union had urged the management last year to defer deliveries of the remaining aircraft. It also urged that the manpower for frequent unscheduled snags be compensated, including damages for hampering the airline’s on-time performance. But, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has still not initiated any action and is rather still taking delivery of the 5 remaining aircraft.

Meanwhile, according to officials, Boeing is in talks with Air India to revise the delivery schedule for the remaining aircraft. Boeing wants to deliver all of them by March 2018.

On the other hand, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is yet to conclude its investigation into this deal.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had in its report, submitted to Parliament in 2011, found fault with the then Aviation Minister, Praful Patel, for not supporting the airline, which has lurched from one crisis to another over the past few years and now finds itself in a debt trap.
30/11/16 Millennium Post
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