NEW DELHI, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- India's aviation regulator Thursday said that it has decided to ground all six Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, currently operated by the country's flagship carrier Air India, a day after it ordered a safety audit of the planes.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said that it's decision followed a similar one by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
"The FAA has issued an advisory to ground the Dreamliners. We took a decision after that. As of now there is no clarity on when the Dreamliners will be back in service. Boeing has to satisfy everyone with safety standards," Director General of Civil Aviation Arun Mishra told the media in the national capital.
The U.S. FAA had Wednesday ordered the temporary grounding of Boeing's newest commercial airliner Dreamliner in the wake of several incidents following glitches detected in the aircraft. Even Japan's two biggest airlines had recently grounded their fleets following technical problems like fuel leaks, a cracked cockpit window, brake problems and an electrical fire.
In fact, Air India had inked a multi-billion-dollar deal with the U.S.-based manufacturer in 2005 to acquire 27 Dreamliner aircraft, out of which it has only got six planes till date, while the remaining aircraft are to be delivered by Boeing by 2016.