Air India Ltd. expects to resume passenger flights of its half dozen Boeing Co. 787 jets by the end of May, a news report quoted a company executive. The report also suggests that this move that will help bolster efforts by the airline to turn around its losses.
“A team from Boeing is coming to India to refit the new battery system,” said the Air India executive, who declined to be named. “The first two aircraft should have the new system fitted onto them by May 10.”
The news report also stated that the process to resume flights will also involve Air India pilots undergoing retraining because the jets have been grounded since the middle of January, said a senior civil aviation ministry official, a move that could lengthen the time required for the aircraft’s resumption of service in India.
The official said the 787s would be required to go through test flights before they are certified by India’s civil aviation regulator for the resumption of commercial service.