Boeing delivers first 787 Dreamliner to Air India

Thursday 6th September 2012 at 12:52

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Air India first Boeing 787 Dreamliner VT-ANH at Charleston

"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 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."

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Delivery of ZA236 (LN 35, VT-ANH) was made on the morning of 6th September in a very low key ceremony. Air India is only the fifth airline in the world to take delivery of a 787 Dreamliner.

This delivery is the first of 27 Dreamliners for Air India. The airplane 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 the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Australia.

"We are pleased to celebrate another historic moment in our nearly seven-decade long relationship," said 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 Boeing 787 Dreamliner
First Dreamliner aircraft off the assembly line at Boeing-Charleston

Air India's first 787 Dreamliner was assembled in Everett, Wash. and delivered today from Boeing's South Carolina delivery center. The airplane is scheduled to fly to Delhi on Friday 7th September 2012.

The 787 Dreamliner is an all-new airplane featuring a host of technologies that provide exceptional value to airlines and unparalleled levels of comfort to passengers. It is the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes, enabling airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by the traveling public.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner photos

Report by Derek Pedley

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