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Air India set to fly Dreamliner

Hyderabad. The wait seems to getting over and the long overdue Dreamliner in Indian colours landed at the Begumpet airport at here to be a part of India Aviation 2012.

Boeing Dreamliner 787-8 aircraft, painted in the Air India livery was definitely the cynosure of all eyes.

And Senior Vice President (Sales), Asia-Pacific and India Dinesh Keskar told India Strategic that the first Dreamliner is likely to be inducted by Air India in May after it gets operational and technical certifications from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and other agencies.

He added that the delivery of the first of the ten 787s for Jet Airways would begin by 2014. “The 787 Dreamliner is a game changer and we are proud to bring it to India Aviation 2012, which is a perfect place to showcase the world’s most advanced commercial airplane.”

The long-range, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner seats 210 to 290 passengers, and has stunning interiors. Air India has ordered 27 of these aircraft and Jet Airways 10.

Air India had ordered these Dreamliners in 2005 but Boeing had failed to stick to the delivery schedule. As per the original schedule, Boeing was to start delivery from September 2008. The delay will result into a compensation mutually agreed upon by the two parties.

The first Boeing 787, powered by GE engines, is being supplied to Japan’s ANA airline.

Air India set to fly Dreamliner-1Notably, unlike other Boeing models, the 787 is assembled from subassemblies manufactured in several countries and flown to Seattle, Washington in modified 747s. Some of the parts built outside Everett there include fuselage sections made would begin by 2014. “The 787 Dreamliner is a game changer and we are proud to bring it to India Aviation 2012, which is a perfect place to showcase the world’s most advanced commercial airplane.”in Italy, Japan, South Korea and elsewhere in the United States.

Floor beams are built in India. Wing sections come from Japan. The doors and landing gear are made in France and Sweden. Portions of the tail are made in Italy and South Korea. Boeing is seeking to increase the number of 787s built each month from 2.5 to 10 by late 2013.

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