Air India wants Boeing to pay up for heavy 787s

By Dan Catchpole

EVERETT — Air India is seeking compensation from the Boeing Co. for delivering 787 Dreamliners that are overweight and thus not as fuel-efficient as promised, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.

The flag carrier’s chairman, Rohit Nandan, said that design changes made after operating targets had been set made the airplanes heavier. The airline and Boeing are negotiating a compensation formula.

Air India already pushed the Chicago-based airplane maker for compensation for Dreamliners delivered late.

So far, Air India has received 14 of 27 ordered 787s. A 15th 787-8 is in Charleston, South Carolina, awaiting delivery, according to the blog All Things 787.

That airplane, tail number VT-ANC, had been at the Everett Modification Center at Paine Field in March. That is where Boeing has modified the early 787s, which came out of assembly needing extensive work. In fact, Boeing has been unable to sell several of the earliest Dreamliners.

Fitted with GE GEnx-1B engines, VT-ANC was the 28th Dreamliner produced, and it rolled out of Boeing’s Everett plant in January 2011. Nearly three and a half years later, it is now just days from delivery, according to the blog.

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