Air India not to operate Dreamliner jets unless clearance from DGCA, FAA

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 17, 2013 06:01 hrs

Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said on Thursday that Air India will not operate six Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets unless the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gives clearance to operate the aircrafts.

India joined Europe, Japan and the United States in grounding Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Wednesday it would temporarily ground Boeing's newest commercial airliner and insisted airlines would have to demonstrate the lithium ion batteries were safe before they could resume flying.

"I directed the DGCA to ground the airlines and look into the problems. We will not operate the dreamliners unless the DGCA and the FAA will not give the clearance," Singh said on Thursday.

DGCA Arun Mishra also said on Thursday that India has grounded national carrier Air India's six Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets over the aircraft's safety after the US Federal Aviation Administration made the same decision.

He further said that there is no clarity on when the Dreamliners will be back in service.

The decision came after Boeing report on the Dreamliner.

Meanwhile Japan's two leading airlines have also grounded their Boeing 787 Dreamliners soon after one of the Dreamliners landed in emergency.

Pilots on the All Nippon Airways (ANA) Dreamliner made the emergency landing in Japan on Wednesday after an apparent battery error triggered warnings in the cockpit.

It's the latest and most serious incident to hit the Dreamliner, which is the world's first mainly carbon-composite airliner.

In 2012 India had taken the delivery of the first Boeing 787 commercial widebody airplane. (ANI)

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