NEW YORK Feb 24 General Electric Co said
on Monday a problem reported with a Boeing Co 787
Dreamliner operated by Air India did not involve its aircraft
engines, refuting an earlier report.
The report in the Times of India earlier on Monday quoted an
Air India official as saying there was a "problem with the
engine and some of its blades have broken."
A spokesman for GE said later that the problem was not with
the GEnx Engine on the plane, but with the ram air turbine, an
auxiliary generator used to provide electrical power in
Boeing declined to comment, referring questions to Air
India. Air India did not respond to a request for comment.
British aerospace and defense group Rolls-Royce also
makes 787 engines, but the Air India fleet uses GE engines
The 787 Dreamliner is Boeing's newest and most
technologically advanced passenger jet, built with lightweight
carbon-fiber composite materials and using electricity to run
systems that were powered by pressurized air on older aircraft.
But the 787 has suffered a series of electrical problems,
including fires in the batteries and electrical panel. The
battery issues prompted regulators to ground the worldwide fleet
of 787s for about three months last year.
As of the end of 2013, Air India had 12 Dreamliners, the
third-largest airline fleet of 787s after All Nippon Airways
and Japan Airlines Co with 24 and 13,