How much does Air India want Boeing to pay for AI's mismanagement and incompetence...$1,000,000,000.00. That amount is equal to over $37mm per 787. Now Boeing does owe Air India compensation for the delays but certainly $37mm is waaaay over the top. What Air India wants Boeing to do is pay for years of bureaucratic mistakes and idiocy at the air line. They couldn't even effectively merge Air India and Indian Airlines and the result is a huge strike that is financially hurting the airline. Now Air India want Boeing to pay for the financial costs of the strike.
Air India, of course, has no where to go and at the end they will have to blink. Boeing can easily deliver these airplanes to another customer though Boeing would have to hold on the the 787s while the BFE (buyer furnished equipment) is delivered to them for installation. Air India would be without the fuel efficient aircraft it so desperately needs to remain competitive with Emirates, Qatar Airways and other international carriers and it will further hurt their bottom line. I certainly hope that Boeing doesn't blink. They shouldn't be held hostage due to Air India's extremely poor decision making. Here's an Op-Ed from the New York Times regarding the Air India situation:
NYT: Air India’s Boeing Showdown Could Be a Mistake
In other news, I got wind of the 787s that are in the EMC at Everett. They are:
Bay C, ZA262, LN49, Ethiopian
Bay B, ZA382, LN43
Bay A, ZA380, LN34, China Southern
Bay D, ZA287, LN52,
Bay AW, ZA178, LN27, JAL
Quite interesting that ZA100, LN 7 is not there anymore. I don't know where it is hiding but it was at EMC for a good long while. I have to wonder if it's close to being delivered? Well we all know that there weren't any 787 deliveries in May but it could be setting up for a big June for the 787 program. There should be 4 787s for ANA and 1 for Qatar that would be delivered this month. If Boeing and Air India come to an agreement then that is another 3. I also expect that the first 787 to go from assembly line to flightline would be pulled out in a couple weeks. ZA135 (LN66) could sneak in under the wire to be delivered to ANA in June though the chances are remote but it would certainly be delivered by end of July.