Air India (probably at the urging of the Indian Government) is seeking a large amount of compensation from Boeing as a result of the delays in 787 deliveries. Reports indicate that the amount sought is up to $1 billion. Boeing has said "No way" to this amount.
Today's Flight Global is reporting that India is considering purchasing an additional 6-8 C-17's in addition to the 10 they've ordered. (see: http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articl ... ng-372562/ )
Now, do I see a possible connection? Suppose Boeing offers Air India a lesser amount for the 787 claims and offers the Indian Air Force a sweet deal on the C-17's. The developmental costs on the C-17 are long paid off, so the remaining costs are the actual production and overhead costs. The Air India delays could be a foil that the Indian Government might exploit to get a better price on the C-17's.
If Air India continues to push too hard against Boeing and keep asking for the $1 billion, is it possible that Boeing could just walk away from the Air India 787 deal, return their deposit, and sell the planes to another airline? Something to think about.