Air India pulls Dreamliner fleet

2013-01-17 08:25

New Delhi - Air India says it has grounded its fleet of six Boeing 787 aircraft under orders from Indian aviation authorities. Air India spokesperson Swaminathan said that India's aviation authority directed the state airline to stop flying the Boeing planes Thursday morning as it waits for an investigation by Indian regulatory authorities to take place.

"Air India has temporary ceased operation of its Dreamliners," Swaminathan said.

The action by India comes after Boeing 787s were grounded in Japan and the U.S. after an emergency landing exposed a battery fire risk in the aircraft.

The 787, known as the Dreamliner, is Boeing's newest jet, and the company is counting heavily on its success. Since its launch after delays of more than three years, the plane has been plagued by a series of problems including a battery fire and fuel leaks.

- SAPA

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