Air India receives first Dreamliner

Air India receives first Dreamliner

Air India has finally taken delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which will be used on flights between London and Delhi.

The occasion follows a four-year delay and significant wrangling over compensation claims. While the final amount was not revealed, the delivery of the new aircraft will come as a considerable relief to the ailing airline.

“Today is a great day for Air India as the most technologically advanced and fuel-efficient airplane in the world joins our fleet,” said Rohit Nandan, Air India’s chairman & managing director. “The 787 will allow Air India to open new routes.”

These new routes are likely to include a direct connection between India and Australia, although the first B787 will be put into service on Air India’s flights to London. In total, the Delhi-based carrier has ordered 27 Dreamliners, with another two expected to arrive within the next few weeks. The twin-aisle aircraft is equipped with 256 seats – 18 in business class seats and 238 in economy.

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