Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Six Air India Dreamliners lying idle owing to staff crunch

Mumbai: National carrier Air India is underutilising its flagship Boeing Dreamliner fleet, due to flight crew shortage as well as technical issues with only 21 planes being deployed for operations every day, an airline source said.
Air India has 27 Boeing 787-800 (Dreamliner) aircraft in its fleet at present.
The 256-seater Boeing 787 is majorly used for carrying out airline's European operations besides catering its services to Singapore, Japan, Australia, China, Thailand, Israel, South Korea and Dubai.
Besides, some of the flights on key domestic trunk routes like Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Chennai and Delhi-Kolkata are also operated by the Dreamliner.
"Of the 27 planes, three are on ground due to want of spares, while three are being used on a rotational basis. So effectively, only 21 aircraft are in service on any given day," the source said, alleging that the under utilisation was due to scarcity of commanders.
12/09/18 PTI/New Indian Express

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