Air India All Set To Fly Its First Boeing 787 Dreamliner
It seems the long running dispute between Air India and Boeing has finally been settled with Boeing 787 commercial widebody airplane being delivered to Air India, on Thursday at Boeing Co's final assembly plant. It was apparently kept at the Boeing plant near Charleston, South Carolina, but due to the issue of compensation, delivery was delayed for months from the scheduled end of May.
Apparently, striking pilots of Air India had also expressed their aspiration to fly exclusively the Dreamliner. After this settlement, Air India has become the fifth airline in the world to have a 787 Dreamliner, though it has ordered some 27 Dreamliners in all.
"The 787 will allow Air India to open new routes in a dynamic marketplace and provide the best in-flight experience for our passengers", said Rohit Nandan, Air India Chairman and Managing Director. There are expectations that passenger traffic would observe a spike of 8.4% annually in South Asia, including India. It is expected that in the coming years, India would be having a rising rate of passenger traffic.
It is reported to be have 18 business class seats and 238 economy class seats. Build in Everett, Washington, the airplane is all set to fly to New Delhi on Friday.