Air India has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
“Today is a great day for Air India as the most technologically advanced and fuel efficient airplane in the world joins our fleet,” says Rohit Nandan, Air India’s chairman & managing director. “The 787 will allow Air India to open new routes in a dynamic marketplace and provide the best in-flight experience for our passengers.”
Air India is only the fifth airline in the world to take delivery of a Boeing 787.
This delivery is the first of 27 Boeing 787-8s for Air India. The aircraft is equipped with 18 business class seats and 238 economy class seats.
The 787 has the range and capability to allow Air India to deploy the Dreamliner on many routes including services to the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Australia.
“We are pleased to celebrate another historic moment in our nearly seven-decade long relationship,” says Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “I am sure Air India and their customers will be thrilled to experience the revolutionary features on the 787, an airplane that will be the key focus of the airline’s turnaround plan.”
Air India’s first Boeing 787-8 was assembled in Everett, Washington and delivered on September 6 from Boeing’s South Carolina delivery center.
The aircraft is scheduled to fly to New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on Friday, September 7.