The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has temporarily suspended Air India’s Boeing simulator training facility due to certain discrepancies. According to sources, DGCA is currently verifying some documents related to this matter and will make a decision on the reinstatement of the training center after the process is complete.
In connection with this issue, a senior official from Air India stated that DGCA conducts regular inspections (audits) of airlines. The DGCA has temporarily suspended Air India’s Boeing simulator training facility due to certain discrepancies. The regulatory body is verifying some documents related to this matter.
The decision to take regulatory action against Tata Group-owned Air India comes a few days after alleged discrepancies were found in the airline’s internal security audit reporting, as reported by a two-member inspection team from DGCA. Sources mentioned that a decision will be taken to resume training at the center once the process of document verification is completed.
Air India’s fleet includes Boeing 777 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. By the end of this year, Air India could also add Airbus A350 aircraft to its fleet. The airline is in the process of integrating larger-sized A350 aircraft into its fleet.
According to an inspection report handed over to DGCA regarding Air India, the airline was required to conduct regular security spot checks in various operational areas such as cabin surveillance, cargo, ramp, and load operations. However, during random spot inspections at 13 security points, the regulatory team found that the airline had submitted false reports in all 13 cases.