Finally the wait is over for Air India and also for those hundreds of keen flyers who wanted to experience the charm of the world’s most fuel efficient aircraft! India’s national airline took the delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner on Thursday, bringing cheers to the country’s aviation industry.
The carrier took the delivery of the aircraft at Boeing Co's final assembly plant in Charleston, South Carolina. The plane is scheduled to be flown into New Delhi on Friday. Altogether, the state-run carrier has ordered 27 aircraft.
AI’s Chairman & Managing Director, Rohit Nandan was elated with the development and said 787 will enable Air India to start new flights routes and offer the finest set of in-flight services for passengers taking flights with the operator.
AI’s Dreamliner will be featuring 18 business class seats and 238 economy class seats, catering flyers on both end of the spectrum.
Dreamliner has taken the centre-stage in the global aviation industry since its launch years back. The plane is made of lightweight carbon fibre materials and is lighter compared to other similarly sized planes. This allows the airplane to operate long-haul flights, enabling airlines to open new flight routes.
Media report suggests that AI is likely to ply 787 for running direct flights between India and Australia. It has also been hinted that the first B 787 will be plied on flights to London from India, a highly popular route among travellers that usually witnesses heavy traffic.