On November 28, 2018, an Air India 787-8 (VT-ANE) operating as AI 167 from Delhi to Stockholm had an accident on arrival at Stockholm airport. The Air India Stockholm incident had the aircraft’s left wingtip stuck inside a building as it was taxiing to the gate on arrival. The damage rendered the aircraft inoperable and had both the pilots operating the flight derostered.
Stockholm Airport is a base for SAS. And SAS only has Airbus widebody aircraft in their fleet. The MRO facilities may also not be certified for Boeing 787. So definitely it was a difficult task for Air India to repair the damaged Boeing 787.
Air India finally managed to repair the damaged portion and the aircraft was flown back to India earlier this week. VT-ANE flew back to Mumbai on January 14, 2019; a month and a half after the accident. It took Air India that much time to repair the wingtip.
Can’t think about the expenditure that may have been involved in the accident. The parking fees for a 787, loss due to the time the aircraft remained unavailable for scheduled operations, ferrying the aircraft back to India, flying in parts and engineers for repair and so on.
According to you, how did Air India handle this situation?