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Air India's Dreamliner likely to resume flights by April-end

Last updated on: March 15, 2013 15:33 IST

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Air India's fleet of Dreamliner aircraft, grounded on the directions of US aviation regulator since January following battery-fire problem, is likely to resume operations by April-end.

The US Federal Aviation Authority has approved Boeing's plan to fix the battery-fire problem in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet.

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Image: This file photograph shows air hostesses walk next to the parked Air India's Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner upon its arrival at the airport in New Delhi.
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Boeing engineers are expected to arrive in New Delhi by the end of this month and fix the lithium ion battery packages," said Aurn Mishra, Director General of country's civil aviation regulator, DGCA.

Air India can put these Dreamliner aircraft into service by the end of April, after tests on the lithium ion battery packages are successfully carried out by Boeing, he said.

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Image: An airport employee walks near an All Nippon Airways' Boeing Co's 787 Dreamliner plane before it takes off for its Tokyo-San Jose flight at New Tokyo international airport in Narita, east of Tokyo.
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According to sources, it would take about a week for the new battery kit to be installed in each of the six Dreamliners which Air India has.

The US aircraft manufacturer has developed new battery kits for the Dreamliners, which were tested by the FAA and it took three to four weeks to FAA to complete the tests and certify the kit.

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Image: An advertisement of Boeing Co's 787 Dreamliner jet is seen at New Tokyo international airport in Narita, east of Tokyo.
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The American aircraft manufacturer had also informed the airlines in seven countries, which have grounded all the 50 Boeing 787s since January, about the FAA approval.

The 50 Dreamliners, which have been delivered so far to airlines in India, Chile, Ethiopia, Japan, Poland, Qatar and the US, were grounded after two battery-fire incidents in January.


Image: Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet is parked on the tarmac at Manchester Airport in Manchester, England.
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