Air India to seek 787 delay compensation

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Air India plans to file a claim in the coming weeks to seek compensation from Boeing for delays to the 787 Dreamliner programme.

"We have agreed in principle to seek compensation and it will take a couple of weeks before a claim is made formally," says the airline's chief information officer Kamaljeet Rattan.

Indian media reports have said that the carrier plans to seek $840 million in compensation from Boeing, but Rattan declines to confirm this, adding that discussions are still ongoing.

Air India has 27 787s on order, and was scheduled to receive its first in June 2011, although this could change due to delays to the 787 programme.

Boeing is slated to deliver the first 787 to launch operator All Nippon Airways in mid-February, but recent problems with the 787 flight test programme have cast doubt over the schedule.