Air India seeks $1b compensation for Boeing delays
Air India will seek compensation for the delayed delivery of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, with media reports suggesting the national carrier is demanding around US$1 billion.
Although the final sum has not been officially revealed by Air India, the airline is eligible for compensation, according to Boeing India’s president Dinesh Keskar, with a report in the Hindustan Times stating that the aircraft manufacturer had offered $145.8 million – a considerable amount less than the $1 billion target.
“Boeing, as a policy, doesn’t comment on compensation issues in the media,” commented Keskar.
Air India has ordered 26 of the Dreamliners, with the first originally scheduled for delivery in September 2008, followed by one each in each of the subsequent months. By March 2011, Boeing was scheduled to have delivered 18 of the aircraft to India’s state-owned carrier.It now appears, however, that the first Boeing 787 will arrive only in April next year forcing the airline, already battling with a bleeding balance sheet, to slap a compensation notice to the Seattle based aviation giant, reported the Hindustan Times.