Air India Boeing Dreamliners grounded by bureaucracy
Three of Boeing's(BA
.N) cutting-edge 787 Dreamliners painted in Air India colours are parked in South Carolina, waiting for the ailing state carrier to pay for them and take possession.
India has not yet signed off on an undisclosed package agreed between Air India and Boeing, according to a senior government official directly involved in the process.
"We still do not have inputs from several ministries, including departments like expenditure secretary in the finance ministry. So the process is getting delayed," the official said on Wednesday, declining to be identified.
This article has a round-up of the upcoming 1st deliveries.
Airline - 1st delivery - number of 787s delivered in 2012
Air India - July - 7 (hopefully)
Qatar - July/August - 5
Ethiopian - August - 4
China Southern - August - 3
United - September - 5
LAN - October - 2
LOT - November - 1
Some of the deliveries, like the LAN and LOT seem late, since the information in the article came from the airlines they might have given a conservative schedule bases on previous delays. The writers also didn't talk with Hainan Airlines that should also take delivery of their 1st 787s this year.
Don't blame Boeing they would've delivered 3 birds to AI
had they signed a check!
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