Air India demands compensation for 787s not meeting 20% fuel savings

Air India demands compensation for 787s not meeting 20% fuel savings

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After the Boeing Dreamliner controversy, Indian carrier is seeking compensation from Boeing for its Dreamliners not meeting the 20 percent fuel efficiency claims, as the airline could achieve only a bit more than 17 percent fuel economy by its six 787s.

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One of the sources, who did not want to be identified, said, “We have already sent a demand notice to Boeing seeking compensation for under-delivery of fuel efficiency as our six Dreamliners on an average gave us only a little over 17 per cent on the fuel efficiency front”. The source was quick to add that the airline is not looking at cash payback from the US-based company, but reduction in the final pricing of new 21 Dreamliners which are expected to be delivered by the end of 2016.

With this recent demand from Air India, the airline’s compensation from Boeing in terms of Dreamliners have gone up to three. The carrier has already demanded to get compensated for the long delay in the delivery of big-ticket aircrafts. Boeing delayed the delivery by about three years, after which the US-based manufacturer delivered the first two of the 27 Dreamliners to AI and since then four more.

Air India will take the delivery of the seventh one later this month and will most likely sue Boeing for the delays.