Air India's second Dreamliner arrives Delhi

Last Updated: Wed, Sep 19, 2012 14:10 hrs

New Delhi, Sept 19 (IBNS) National carrier Air India got its second Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on Wednesday.

The second of the 27 Dreamliner aircrafts ordered by Air India arrived at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport here on Wednesday evening.

It will fly from Delhi to Kolkata and either Dubai or Kathmandu, said Air India sources.

Air India also plans to use Dreamliner aircrafts on new international routes to Australia and southeast Asia.

The airline sources said the third Dreamliner will arrive India by the end of Sept.

Meanwhile, the first Air India Dreamliner started its operations on Wednesday.

The maiden flight was on the Delhi-Chennai-Chennai sector in the morning.

The aircraft will fly Delhi-Bangalore-Delhi later Wednesday evening.

The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner for national carrier Air India landed at the IGI airport in New Delhi on Sept 8 evening.

Air India was to get possession of the 256-seater aircraft in 2008, but it was delayed due to logistical issues.

Air India, which had ordered 27 Dreamliners six years ago, said it plans to bring in eight more aircrafts by March 2013.

Air India Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) Rohit Nandan said: "The B-787s will allow Air India to open new routes in a dynamic marketplace and provide the best in-flight experience for our passengers."

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

It seats 210 to 290 passengers, depending on the variant.

Boeing states that it is the company´s most fuel-efficient airliner and the world´s first major airliner to use composite materials for most of its construction.

According to Boeing, the 787 consumes 20% less fuel than the similarly-sized 767.

Its distinguishing features include a four-panel windshield, noise-reducing chevrons on its engine nacelles, and a smoother nose contour.

The 787 shares a common type rating with the larger 777 twinjet, allowing qualified pilots to operate both models, due to related design features.

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