Monday, May 03, 2021

Air India studying impact of FAA's directive for Boeing 787 planes

New Delhi: Air India is studying the impact of a recent directive from US aviation watchdog FAA, making "repetitive maintenance task" mandatory on Boeing 787- Dreamliner planes due to certain issues with its power supply.

"Our technical team is studying the Airworthiness Directive (AD) issued by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It would be difficult to talk about the impact or its implications or say anything on the issue at this stage," a senior Air India official said today.

The national carrier currently has 20 Boeing 787 (Dreamliners) in its fleet.

Last week, FAA issued the directive saying, "We are adopting a new airworthiness directive for all the Boeing Company model 787 planes. This AD requires repetitive maintenance task for electrical power deactivation on Model 787 planes."

FAA said it was issuing the AD as it had "evaluated" all relevant information and determined "unsafe" conditions described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type of design.

In 2013, Air India had to ground all its six Boeing-787 planes, which it had in the fleet at that time, after a FAA directive to stop operations of all the 50 such planes delivered till that time to various airlines.

Also, in August last year, FAA grounded one of the AI's Dreamliners to evaluate its GE engine after an aircraft of some other airline saw in-flight failures of its GE engine.

03/04/21 PTI/Economic Times

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