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Jun 15, 2013 at 01:53pm IST

Dreamliner will be the gamechanger, says Ajit Singh

New Delhi: According to Airports Council International (ACI), India can emerge as the third largest aviation market by 2029. All hopes now lie on Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft which is grounded for four months.

The Maharaja has seen many troubled days due to losses, strikes and losing out on profitable routes. Their only hope Boeing 787 Dreamliner was also grounded after a US Federal Aviation Administration advisory was issued due to overheating of lithium-ion batteries, which forced an emergency landing of an All Nippon airways flight and caused a fire aboard in a parked Japan Airways Dreamliner aircraft.

Although none of the Air India flights had any specific issue related to the battery but the grounding was for safety reasons. The new design was approved by the FAA in April and the Dreamliner was back in business in May.

"Dreamliner will be the gamechanger," said Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh.

The new battery design includes extra insulation between the eight ion batteries and an extra steel cover on the top to prevent heat, fumes or fire from spreading if a battery overheats in flight.

The Air India is also planning to expand its global network using the Dreamliner aircraft. It is planning to start Delhi - Birmingham flights in August and Sydney, Melbourne, Rome and Milan flights will be added from October. From early next year Air India plans to fly to Moscow.