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Boeing to inspect snags in Air India Dreamliner fleet

New Delhi: A team of Boeing engineers will be in New Delhi next week to inspect snags in the swanky Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft which Air India is planning to deploy on Delhi-London route from 2 December.

"The Boeing team is coming to inspect and certify the Dreamliner planes as we have planned to deploy it on Delhi-London-Delhi route from 2 December," an Air India official said.

Air India Dreamliner. AFP

Air India has so far received three Dreamliners, out of 27 ordered, but one or the other aircraft is reported to be grounded at a time due to some technical snag.

Though airline officials were concerned about the snags, they said these were "teething problems" which occur in new aircrafts.

Even All Nippon Airlines, which was the first airline to take the delivery of the carbon-composite material-made Dreamliner aircraft, faced some problems, they said.

The airline has planned to deploy the state-of-the-art plane on Mumbai-London-Mumbai sector, which is currently being operated with Boeing 777 aircraft.

With Air India gaining its foothold in the domestic market in past few months, the airline had initially deployed the plane for important domestic routes so that pilots could become familiar with its landing and take-off.

PTI

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