Boeing Co. said Air India Ltd. is dissatisfied with the performance of its 787 Dreamliner, joining other carriers including Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA in slamming the manufacturer for repeated faults on its marquee jet.
Boeing Co. is set to raise its India market forecast as the planemaker expects surging travel demand in the world’s second-most populous nation to withstand a slowdown in economic growth and a fall in rupee.
Jet Airways (India) Ltd., the nation’s second-largest airline by market share, may place an order for 50 Boeing Co. aircraft worth $2.5 billion, Bloomberg TV India reported, citing people it didn’t identify.
Boeing Co. said state-owned Air India Ltd. will start preparing next week to take its first 787 Dreamliners, which are almost four years late, after the jets won government approval amid the probe of an engine failure.
A Boeing Co. executive disputed the Indian government’s statement that the planemaker agreed to pay state-owned Air India Ltd. $500 million in compensation because of delays delivering 27 composite-plastic Dreamliners.
Boeing Co. said it was told by Air India Ltd. that the carrier will start making plans next week to take delivery of its first 787 Dreamliners after winning government approval for the new planes today.
National Aviation Co. of India Ltd., Air India’s state-owned parent, plans to seek about $840 million in compensation from Boeing Co. for a delay of almost three years in delivery of its 787 Dreamliner jets.