Mumbai: After six long years of wait the much anticipated Boeing 787 Dreamliner which was inducted in Air India fleet in September this year is yet to make its first flight. It is still sitting idle at Indira Gandhi International Airport.

According to sources, its minimum equipment list (MEL) has not been cleared due to which the Dreamliners have not been allowed to fly yet. A top official has informed that getting MEL is mandatory before the flight.

The official further informed that one Boeing has been allowed to fly after Monday afternoon but the rest are not able to fly because of technical glitches. He has assured that the technical glitches will be rectified very soon. However, the possibility of big technical fault in the engine of Dreamliner is also not being ruled out by other sources.           

When contacted on the issue, the Managing Director of Air India Rohit Nandan said that he can only comment after receiving reports from engineering department.

The first Air India Dreamliner landed in India on September 6. Soon two more Dreamliners landed on September 19. 27 Dreamliners were ordered by Air India in 2006 at a whopping cost of Rs 32,000 crore. With the addition of Dreamliners to its fleet the Air India management and the government are optimistic of reviving the airlines.

Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ajit Singh said that the Dreamliners are better aero planes and it can
bring back the hey days of Air India.

WHAT IS MEL?

It is a fitness check list of equipments. Flight permissions are given only after receiving MEL.

Since the arrival of Dreamliners in the Air India fleet, the airlines has become country’s first to have world’s most advanced aircraft. Till March 2013, Boeing is due to deliver 16 more Dreamliners. It looks huge and luxurious. The body of the aircraft is made of carbon composite instead of aluminums which have made the aircraft lighter.  Air India is hoping to receive all 27 Dreamliners by 2016.        

JPN/Bureau

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