An Air India Express Boeing Co. plane overshot the runway and burst into flames in southern India, killing 158 people in the nation’s first fatal crash of a passenger aircraft in a decade.
Air India Ltd. is set to receive its first Boeing Co. 787 this week as a pilots’ dispute over who should fly the aircraft triggers cuts in international services and more than 100 dismissals.
Two decades into their country's post-liberalization new economy, many Indians, especially the sizeable middle-class, have substantially revised ideas about government spending that were accepted without question in the old days of socialism.
Air India Ltd. said it’s demanding compensation from Boeing Co. for delivering 787 Dreamliner aircraft that don’t meet promised fuel-efficiency targets because the planes are heavier than planned.
Indian taxpayers gave Air India Ltd. $1.7 billion as bailout funds in the past four years. The airline now says it lacks cash to purchase spare parts.
A group of Air India Ltd. pilots, who stayed away from work for 58 days because of a dispute over the right to fly new Boeing Co. 787 planes, told a court today they are ending their strike.
"There was no warning to passengers about any trouble and it appeared a smooth landing. Immediately on touching the ground the aircraft jerked."
- Air India on May 22, 2010