Air India took delivery of its 125th airplane from Boeing today. The aircraft is the 27th and final 787 to be delivered to the airline.
“Boeing airplanes are, and always have been, the foundation of Air India’s fleet, providing us with the very best in economics, fuel efficiency, flexibility, and passenger comfort,” said Rajiv Bansal, Chairman and Managing Director of Air India. “Taking delivery of our 125th Boeing airplane and 27th 787 Dreamliner marks an important day for Air India. The 787 has been integral to our expansion and competitiveness, enabling us to open numerous new and nonstop routes and provide our customers with an unrivaled flying experience.”
“Boeing and Air India have been strong partners in aviation for more than 70 years and it is a proud moment in our shared partnership to deliver their 125th airplane,” said Dinesh Keskar, Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific and India Sales at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Air India’s 787-8s can carry up to 256 passengers in a two-class configuration. The aircraft has 18 seats in Business class and 238 seats in Economy class. Features of the Air India 787 include large overhead bins, reclining seats, LED lighting, clean air, large dimmable windows, and an exclusive in-flight entertainment experience.
Air India was a member of the original 787 Dreamliner launch group. The carrier took its first 787-8 in 2012. Air India operates the Dreamliner to all of its European destination and to other destinations in the Gulf, Asia, and Australia.
This aircraft was part of a 2006 order that included 27 Dreamliners, 15 B777-300ERs, 8 B777-200LRs, and 18 B737-800s. All of these aircraft have been delivered except for three 777s that will be delivered early next year.
“The 27th and last Boeing Dreamliner plane will be arriving at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi tomorrow,” an airline spokesperson said yesterday. “With the induction of this plane, Air India will complete the acquisition of 27 such planes that it had ordered in 2006.”
Last April, Air India announced plans to lease an additional 787-9s.
Since 2011, the 787 family has flown over 196 million passengers on 560 unique routes around the world, saving an estimated 18 billion pounds of fuel.
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