The country’s aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), is in touch with Boeing after the aircraft-maker asked three international airlines to pull back eight of their B787 (Dreamliner) aircraft on discovering manufacturing defects.
Currently, India has 28 operational B787 aircraft (27 with Air India and one with Vistara). Arun Kumar, director-general, DGCA, said, “We are in touch with them, if need be suitable action will be taken (sic).”
As per latest information, the eight Boeing 787 aircraft belonged to Air Canada, United Airlines and Singapore Airlines. In a telephonic conversation with HT, Boeing spokesperson, said, Boeing has identified two distinct manufacturing issues in certain 787 aircraft “(near or towards the tail of the aircraft) body fuselage sections, which, in combination, result in a condition that does not meet our design standards.”
Sources, however, told HT that no 787 flying for Indian airlines’ will be pulled back for this reason. Former defence pilot and aviation expert Vipul Saxena said the aft fuselage portion – called aft pressure bulkhead – that carries the load of rear passengers is made of lightweight or composite material.
“It (aft fuselage portion) helps an aircraft aerodynamically, and is usually made by third party manufacturers. It is subsequently integrated with the front portion of the fuselage using metallic joints, chemical compounds and sealants to withstand the aerodynamic pressure and stress that an aircraft encounters while flying,” said Saxena. “For the safety of aircraft and passengers, there are periodic checks to ensure that the front portion of the fuselage and aft bulkheads are joined together securely and are intact as an integrated