After a 14-hour non-stop flight from Seattle, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Air India's colors touched down at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on March 12. The 787 remained on static display in New Delhi and debuted at India Aviation 2012 in Hyderabad on March 14. The Dreamliner that was showcased is outfitted in Air India’s livery and a passenger interior featuring full business and economy-class cabins.
“We’re proud to bring the world's most advanced commercial airplane to India, especially when it proudly displays the colors of national flag carrier Air India,” said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This week even more of our airline customers will experience the game-changing technologies and innovations the 787 has to offer.”
Made from composite materials, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first airplane to provide both long distance capabilities with mid-size capacity, the company said. This capability will allow airlines like Air India to profitably operate non-stop routes to many more distant cities, providing choices preferred by the traveling public, the company added.
More than 800 787s are on order by 60 customers, according to Boeing.