NEW DELHI Jan 22 A Boeing Co 787
Dreamliner operated by Air India Ltd this week returned
to London due to a communications problem, but has since been
operational, the Indian state-run carrier said on Wednesday.
The aircraft's transponder failed during the flight on
Sunday from London to New Delhi, Air India spokesman G.P. Rao
said, adding there was no immediate safety concern. The plane
was back in operation on Monday after engineers fixed the
transponder, he said.
The 787 has suffered a series of glitches since its launch
two years ago. Overheating batteries in some planes forced the
grounding of its worldwide fleet last year. Flights resumed in
Discount airline Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA said on
Tuesday that a fuel leak on a 787 Dreamliner caused a flight
from Bangkok to Oslo to be delayed by 19 hours.
Air India, which is the only Indian carrier to operate the
Dreamliner, has seen glitches in its 787s including a windshield
crack and a body panel falling off during a flight last year.
Boeing is upgrading the software in some of Air India's
Dreamliner jets to improve their performance.
The U.S. planemaker referred questions to Air India on the
"We are addressing each and every issue with Boeing," Air
India's Rao said.
Air India, which has 11 Dreamliner planes in its fleet, is
scheduled to take delivery of three more by March. The carrier
has total 27 Dreamliner jets on order.