The rumor that AI doesn't maintain their frames is spread mainly by two sources.
One guy on a.net who used to claim AC didn't like the way AI maintained/documented their B77Ls, hence didn't put an offer for AI B77Ls. That was a false statement, AC actually gave a very good offer($80M-$85M) based on FMV at that time. But AI's paid consultants assessed those at $95M and is a government bureaucracy, AI couldn't sell those at FMV without being called out by auditors.
Two years later AI realized B77L is a niche product and it can never get $95M and burning $60M($12Mx5)/year storing those and sold to EY at $65M/each including heavy check, which was way way lower than AC's offer. Indian auditor general even today complains AI didn't get the assessed value through its sale.
The second source was an Indian blogger, based on somebody's false tweet, he spread the rumor that VT-ALH had a hard landing and structural damage, later moved on to claim it has been scrapped. When AIESL was doing heavy checks on frames he started complaining AI was using VT-ALH components on sold frames. EY fitted these with its own cabins and IFE. Pretty much AI did was to remove its interiors and install EY's interiors.
Coming to the seat belt write-up, AI being the pack-rat, should have probably more than 1000 lightly used B777 seats removed from 5 sold B77Ls, subject to the expiration date.
Anyone suggesting AI is the only one had issues with their B787s should readhttp://www.seattletimes.com/business/bo ... ne-boeing/
Every early operator had problems with early builds. The only difference Boeing and its suppliers couldn't provide replacements for rapidly failing components. AI's sloppy contract with Boeing allowed to it to remain on low priority, where as other operators with airtight contracts got preferential treatment.
There is nothing AI MX can do with software issues, failing spoiler actuators and cracking windshields, other than waiting on Boing and supply chain. But that is water under the bridge as AI got yuge overall compensation on B787 contract.
The same blogger claimed AI was not able to buy spare parts for their brand new B787s, which are under four-year warranty.
Fast forward, Boeing paid compensation for technical issues, extended warranty beyond four years for troubled components. AI also signed Boeing's Rotable Exchange Service, which is an advance part exchange program. In hindsight, it would have been much cheaper for Boeing had it supplied enough replacements on time.
Lessons AI learned from B787 fiasco,
1) Never buy early builds even if you get a sweet deal. They could be morbidly overweight, terrible teen/prolonged adolescent lemons.
2) Never buy new design engines, PBH is the way to go
Here is the hypocrisy in aviation.
If A320NEO has an engine problem it is PW's issue.
If non-AI B787s have issues, it is Boeing's problem
If AI B787s have issues, it is AI's problem.
All posts are just opinions.