Air India finally received the very first of its twenty-seven Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts, which are expected to lead to turnaround of the cash-strapped national carrier.
Air India officials took delivery of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Thursday at Boeing Co’s AI final assembly plant following a prolonged dispute between the national carrier and the American manufacturer over compensation for years-long production delay.
Air India said in a press release that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner would land at Delhi's IGI Airport on 8th of September 2012.
The state-of-the-art 256 seater aircraft is made of lightweight carbon fiber materials that are lighter than typical aluminum widebody planes. The next-generation flying machine promises unparalleled passenger comfort. The offers unmatched spaciousness, roomier cabins and higher head clearance. It has 18 full flat Business Class seats, and 238 Economy Class seats.
Dinesh Keskar, SVP of Asia Pacific & India Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplane, said, “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 Chairman & Managing Director Rohit Nandan said the new aircraft would allow the carrier to open new routes and provide the unmatched in-flight experience for passengers.
Air India is the fourth carrier in the world to have got Dreamliner. Japanese and Ethiopian airlines also have got this aircraft.