Qatar Airlines has estimated that the grounding of its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners cost the company $200 million. The aircraft had been on the tarmac for three months after problems were discovered with the plane’s batteries. Air India, which owns six 787s, said last week that it will be receiving compensation from Boeing because of the electrical fault.
Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways who own 24 Dreamliners between them have estimated that taking them out of action cost around $110 million in lost revenues. The amount of compensation to be paid out to Qatar Airways and Air India is still to be confirmed by the US planemaker.
Although the contract Boeing has with Air India does not necessarily include liability for loss of the use of an aircraft because of a technical fault, an official spokesman for the airline said the grounding of its entire fleet had meant Boeing had agreed to pay compensation for financial losses.
Jeff Johnson, Middle East President for Boeing, said a comprehensive and permanent fix had now been made to the aircraft and he was confident about guaranteeing the 787’s safety. Despite the problem a number of rapidly growing airlines in the Gulf are preparing to put in orders for the new 777X jet from Boeing.
Tim Clark, president of Emirates, said he hoped that Boeing had learned from the mistakes. Although Emirates does not operate the 787, it has around 175 777 jets that will need to be replaced soon.