Air India Dreamliners to be grounded for now on icing warning

Monday, 9 December 2013 - 9:22am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Air India Dreamliner aircraft could discontinue their service, temporarily, on the Australia and Japan route, after been warned about the risk of ice forming on Boeing’s 747-8 and 787 planes.

Boeing claimed that the problem is specific only to Dreamliner 787 and 747-8. It recommended that the planes should avoid flying during high-level thunderstorms, as it could get dangerous because it contains ice crystal. The latest problem with Dreamliner is said to be specific to the engines made by General Electric (GE). The advisory from Boeing was issued following the reports of ice formation in some of the aircrafts.

The aviation experts claim that the problem is more prominent in the tropical regions due to strong thunderstorms and lightening. ” Since Dreamliners are flying to Australia falls under the high risk zone, the flights there should be the first to be discontinued. Japan will follow next, or the route would be changed, to avoid the ‘difficult’ zone,” added a source. Such problems don’t arise much when flying toward Europe said the source.

However, an Air India spokesperson said, ”As of now, these flights are running as per the schedule.”

Air India had resumed their flights to Australia after a gap of around 16 years, in order to tap the strong Indian community present there. So far, India has received 10 Dreamliner aircrafts from Boeing.

Dreamliner has been facing a lot of problem since its launch last year, which has raised many questions over its performance and safety.

Not a dream come true
November 2013: Japan Airlines pulls 787s from two of its routes because of fear related to ice forming on the planes.

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