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Air India to introduce the Boeing 787 to Singapore on August 24

Air India (Mumbai) will now introduce the Boeing 787 on the daily Mumbai-Chennai-Singapore route on August 24 (moved up from October 25). The 787-8 will replace an Airbus A330-200 on the route per Airline Route.

Air India took delivery of its 16th Boeing 787-8 (VT-ANQ) on July 17, 2014. The aircraft departed Charleston on July 20, 2014 and arrived in Delhi on the following day.

As an example of what Air India has to deal with in India, Air India cannot sell 51 seats on its daily flight from Mumbai to Newark according to Bloomberg Businessweek. The culprit? Giant billboards at the end of runway (that would not be tolerated in the West) force the carrier to lighten the load and losing revenue in the process.

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Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 VT-ANN (msn 36285) arrives at London (Heathrow).

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Air India joins the Star Alliance today

Air India (Mumbai) is joining the Star Alliance today (July 11).

Air India is assigning the new Boeing 787 Dreamliners (above) to its strategic routes. The company now has 15 787-8s in service. The 15th Boeing 787-8 (VT-ANC) was delivered to Air India on June 20, 2014. The aircraft departed Charleston, South Carolina on June 24, 2014 and arrived in Delhi on the following day.

The Star Alliance issued this statement:

Star Alliance, the way the Earth connects, welcomed Air India as a full member of its global family of airlines, opening the national carrier’s strong domestic network in the fifth largest aviation market to Star Alliance customers worldwide.

Air India now offers all Star Alliance customer benefits across its network and Air India’s customers enjoy the same benefits when they travel on any of the other 26 Star Alliance member airlines.

“This is an important day for us. We have said for many years that we needed a strong home carrier in the Indian market and by welcoming Air India to our Star Alliance family, we have achieved this goal” said Star Alliance Chief Executive Mark Schwab. “We know that the ‘new’ Air India is looking forward to providing the Star Alliance customer benefits to many more travellers.”

Rohit Nandan, Air India Chairman and Managing Director said, “Air India is proud to be a member of this prestigious airline Alliance. From today, we open up a completely different world for our passengers, who can now travel to over 1,300 destinations right across the network and enjoy world-class service, better connectivity and seamless travel wherever they go.”

Air India adds a total of 400 daily flights and over 40 new destinations in India to the Alliance network.

The biggest growth will come from its home market which has up to now been served by 13 Star Alliance members flying to 10 destinations and holding a 13% market share. As a result of the addition of Air India, the Alliance’s market share in India has risen to 30%. Globally, passengers further benefit from a wider choice on routes connecting North America, Europe, Asia and Australia via the Indian Subcontinent. In total the Star Alliance network counts 27 member airlines, offering more than 18,500 daily flights serving 1,316 destinations in 192 countries.

Air India now offers through check-in to the final destination for connecting flights operated by any Star Alliance member airline for both passengers and baggage, hence providing seamless travel. Passengers benefit as they do not need to collect their boarding passes for connecting flights at the transfer airports and, where permitted by local customs regulations, baggage will also be sent through to the final destinations.

Reciprocal frequent flyer benefits between Air India’s Flying Returns programme and those of the existing member carriers are now activated. These provide customers with more options in earning and redeeming, upgrading and obtaining Star Alliance Gold status.

Flying Returns members who hold Maharajah Club or Golden Edge Club status now automatically also have Star Alliance Gold status, giving them access to more than 1,000 lounges across the global network. Gold status customers can also check in at specially designated counters, are offered an increased baggage allowance and receive priority boarding and baggage delivery. All these benefits are also provided by Air India to customers holding Star Alliance Gold status in other frequent flyer programs.

Air India’s network comprises 50 destinations in India and 33 internationally, serving 23 countries. The addition of over 40 unique destinations domestically offers passengers excellent connectivity between major business centres. New destinations include the industrial hubs of Aurangabad and Vadadora; Indore, which is home to many pharmaceutical producers; textiles and engineering centre Coimbatore and Jamnagar, India’s “Oil City”. Air India also serves popular tourist destinations such as Goa, Kochi, Madurai and Jaipur.

As part of its Star Alliance membership, Air India now participates in several of the Alliance’s fare products and business solutions.

For the business travel sector, Air India flights can be included in Star Alliance Corporate Plus agreements, which are aimed at large multinational companies. For the Conventions and Meetings market, Air India will now offer Star Alliance Conventions Plus and Meetings Plus, the dedicated products for the meetings and conventions industry*.

Air India also boosts the attractiveness of the Alliance’s most popular fare product, the Star Alliance Round the World Fare (RTW). Available in First, Business and Economy Class, this fare allows customers to travel around the globe making use of the 27 member airline network. Customers can now make use of all Air India flights when booking their RTW fare, either through the Book & Fly online booking tool*, via an airline or through a travel agency.

Some of Air India’s flights will also be included in the Star Alliance Circle Pacific Fare which allows circular round-trips covering the Asian countries bordering the Pacific, the main international hub airports on the Pacific Coast of Canada and the USA, as well as the South Pacific (mainly Australia and New Zealand).

And finally, Air India is now included in the Asia Airpass alongside all other Asia based Star Alliance member airlines. This special coupon and mileage based fare is available to all overseas visitors to the region travelling on a Star Alliance member airline and allows customers to travel around Asia, selecting from a total of 277 destinations.

Previously the airline issued this statement:

Air India has scripted a new chapter in India’s aviation history by becoming the first airline from India to be inducted into the world’s leading global airline consortium, Star Alliance. On June 23, 2014, the Star Alliance Central Executive Board voted in favor of Air India to become its 27th member airline. Air India will start offering the alliance benefits and privileges to customers from July 11, 2014.

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines-SAS, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, Thai Airways International and United Airlines.

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Overall, the Star Alliance network presently offers more than 18,000 daily flights to 1,269 airports in 193 countries.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 VT-ANH (msn 36276) arrives at London (Heathrow).

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Air India to finally join the Star Alliance on July 11

Air India (Mumbai) is finally moving ahead to join the Star Alliance. The alliance issued this statement today:

At its Chief Executive Board (CEB) meeting held in London on June 23, 2014, the CEOs of the Star Alliance network unanimously approved the membership of Air India, clearing the way for the National carrier to become the first Indian airline to join a global airline alliance.

The integration teams at Air India, Star Alliance and its member carriers will now complete the last necessary work in order to ensure that Air India can offer all Star Alliance customer benefits from July 11, 2014 onwards.

In total the Star Alliance network will grow to 27 member airlines, offering more than 18,500 daily flights serving 1,316 destinations in 192 countries.

Reciprocal frequent flyer benefits between Air India’s Flying Returns programme and those of the existing member carries will also become effective on July 11, 2014. This will provide customers with more options in earning and redeeming, upgrading and obtaining Star Alliance Gold status.

Customers holding Star Alliance Gold status have access to more than 1,000 lounges across the global network, can check-in at specially designated counters, have an increased baggage allowance and receive priority boarding and baggage delivery. All these benefits will also be provided by Air India.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-337 ER VT-ALM (msn 36311) lands at JFK International Airport in New York.

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The Boeing 787 is granted extended 330 minutes ETOPS operations by the FAA

Boeing (Chicago and Seattle) has released this statement about extended ETOPS for the 787:

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved additional extended operations (ETOPS) for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The move will allow 787s to be operated up to 330 minutes from a landing field and signals continued confidence in the airplane’s technical capabilities.

Dreamliners have been allowed to operate up to 180 minutes away from a landing field since they were introduced into service in 2011. Granting of the expanded operational permission will allow airlines to introduce additional routes after they meet the proof of capabilities requirements and receive approval from their own regulatory agencies for such operations.

ETOPS operations will make the 787 even more efficient in operations as they enable more direct flight paths, which can save thousands of pounds of fuel and reduce carbon emissions.

More than 1,030 787s have been ordered by 60 customers to date. Boeing has delivered 146 Dreamliners to 19 customers.

Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 VT-ANC (msn 36274) in Air India colors lands at Boeing’s facility at Paine Field near Everett, Washington. VT-ANC is one of the earlier models and remains undelivered.

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Air India Airbus A320 runs off the runway in Jaipur, wing is clipped

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Air India (Delhi) flight AI 890 late on Sunday (January 5) did not go well. The flight was operating from Guwahati to Delhi with Airbus A320-231 VT-ESH (msn 469) with around 170 passengers and crew members. The flight diverted to Jaipur, India due to bad weather in Delhi. Unfortunately Jaipur’s  weather deteriorated too with fog but the crew elected to make an emergency landing in Jaipur due to low fuel. On landing the aircraft reportedly burst several tires and the aircraft veered off the runway . The left wing collided with an object according to reports. Part of the outer portion of the left wing was clipped off.

Read the full account from a passenger on board the ill-fated flight from Yahoo! News India: CLICK HERE

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Air India gets another chance to join the Star Alliance

Air India (Mumbai) is getting another chance to join the Star Alliance. At their board meeting held in Vienna on December 13, the Chief Executives of the Star Alliance member airlines decided unanimously to recommence the integration process with Air India.

The Indian national carrier was originally accepted as a future member of Star Alliance in December 2007, but the integration process was halted in July 2011. The suspension was a joint decision which allowed Air India to focus on completing its merger with Indian Airlines, without the distraction of the work required for full integration into the Star Alliance network.

Copyright Photo: Yannick Delamarre/AirlinersGallery.com. The Boeing 777-300 ERs are now the mainstay of the international fleet. Boeing 777-337 ER VT-ALK (msn 36309) departs from Paris (CDG).

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Air India finalizes the deal to sell five Boeing 777-200 LRs to Etihad Airways

Air India (Mumbai) has finalized the details in order to sell five Boeing 777-200 LR (Longer Range) aircraft to Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi). As previously prorated, the two airlines signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) in October. The aircraft will be delivered by March 2014 according to this report by The Economic Times.

The 777-200 LR is a new type for Etihad Airways.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-237 LR VT-ALH (msn 36307) is relatively new as it was delivered to Air India on August 28, 2009.

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A large panel falls off of Air India’s Boeing 787-8 VT-ANO while flying over India

Air India‘s (Mumbai) Boeing 787-8 VT-ANO (msn 36286) while being operated on flight AI 803 from Delhi to Bangalore with 148 passengers and crew members, lost a 4′ x 8′ panel while en route between the two cities on October 12, 2013. The troubled airliner made a safe emergency landing at Bangalore. The panel has since been repaired and the aircraft is back in service according to The Times of India.

VT-ANO was delivered to Air India on October 4, 2013.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Soon to be delivered Boeing 787-8 VT-ANG (msn 36275) Completes a test flight at Paine Field near Everett.

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Etihad Airways to buy five Boeing 777-200 LRs from Air India, will fly to Los Angeles

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) has announced its plans to acquire the five Boeing 777-200 LRs (Longer Range) from Air India (Mumbai). The airline issued this statement:

The two carriers signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) in Mumbai earlier this week paving the way for the deal.

The 777-200 LRs will be used on the airline’s new route between Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles, which starts on June 1, 2014.

Etihad Airways currently flies to New York (JFK), Chicago (O’Hare), Washington (Dulles), DC and Toronto (Pearson) in North America, and to São Paulo in Brazil, and has stated its ambition to add new services to both continents.

Subject to approvals, the aircraft will be delivered to Etihad Airways from the beginning of 2014 and each will be re-fitted in a three class cabin configuration consistent with similar aircraft in the Etihad Airways fleet.  It is expected the first aircraft will enter service in April 2014.

The purchase comes as Etihad Airways finalizes details on a new fleet order which will meet its organic growth and expansion requirements to 2025 in line with its rolling network plan.

The Boeing 777-200 LR, of which less than 60 were manufactured, has a design range of 17,370 km, allowing it to connect almost any city in the world from Etihad Airways’ hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The five Air India 777-200 LR aircraft, which Etihad Airways is purchasing, are on average, six years old, helping the airline to maintain its overall position of having one of the most modern fleets in the industry.

Etihad Airways’ current fleet will reach 87 aircraft by year end, with 14 new deliveries from aircraft manufacturers during 2013.

In other news, Etihad has announced it will increase its share in Virgin Australia Holdings to 19.9 percent. At 19.9 percent, Etihad Airways has reached the threshold approved by Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board in June 2013.

Etihad Airways and Virgin Australia Airlines (Brisbane) signed a 10-year strategic partnership agreement in August 2010 that includes code-sharing on flights, joint sales and marketing activities, and reciprocal earn-and-burn on their respective frequent flyer programs.

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Finally, Etihad Airways and airBaltic (Riga) have announced a new Abu Dhabi-Riga joint route which will start on December 16, 2013.

The announcement follows the signing of a codeshare agreement between the two airlines.  Subject to regulatory approvals, airBaltic will operate the new four weekly return flights using a 116 seat Airbus A319 aircraft.

With seating capacity for 14 Business class and 102 Economy class passengers, the flights will operate on a split schedule, ensuring optimal connectivity over each airline’s respective hubs in Abu Dhabi and Riga.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Air India’s Boeing 777-237 LR VT-ALD (msn 36303) prepares to touch down at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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After 16 years, Air India to serve Australia again

Air India (Mumbai) will again serve Australia after a 16-year absence. The carrier is launching a triangular route from Delhi to Sydney and Melbourne and back to Delhi four days a week starting on August 29 per this report from The Sydney Morning Herald. On the other three days of the week, the route will be Delhi-Melbourne-Sydney-Delhi. The restored route will be operated by its Boeing 787-8s. Therefore it will become the first 787 operator in Australia.

Read the full story from The Sydney Morning Herald: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VT-ANH (msn 36276) taxies to the terminal on arrival at Frankfurt.

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Air India considers selling all eight Boeing 777-200 LRs

Air India (Mumbai) is considering selling all eight of its Boeing 777-200 LRs (Longer Range) according to a report by Reuters. The airline is working with Boeing on the sale of the aircraft. The aircraft would be replaced with newer Boeing 787s.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-237 LR VT-ALD (msn 36303) climbs into the clear sky at Tokyo (Narita).

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Air India to restore Boeing 787 service on May 22

Air India (Mumbai) will restore Boeing 787 service on May 22 from Delta to Kolkata per Airline Route. Two days later, the carrier will restore 787 service from Delhi to both Bangalore and Chennai. Air India is operating the 787 initially on domestic routes.

Copyright Photo: Duncan Kirk. Most of the Air India 787s are being built at the Charleston, SC facility. Boeing 787-8 VT-AND (msn 36278) is seen at Everett (Paine Field).

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Boeing delivers the first South Carolina-built 787 Dreamliner to Air India

Boeing (Chicago) yesterday (October 5) marked a historic milestone with delivery of the first 787 Dreamliner built at its North Charleston, South Carolina, facility to Air India (Mumbai).

According to Boeing, “the delivery continues the momentum of the 787 Dreamliner’s entry into revenue service by customers globally and marks the beginning of a new era of commercial airplane production in South Carolina.”

Work on the Boeing South Carolina Final Assembly and Delivery Center began in November 2009. Production of the first South Carolina-built 787 began in mid-2011 and the completed airplane rolled out of the factory in April.

Boeing South Carolina fabricates, integrates and assembles the midbody and aftbody fuselage sections for all 787 Dreamliners. Completed sections are joined in South Carolina Final Assembly, or transported via the Dreamlifter to 787 Final Assembly in Everett, Washington.

This delivery marks the 28th 787 Dreamliner delivered to date. Boeing South Carolina will increase final assembly production to three 787s per month by the end of 2013.

Air India is introducing the Dreamliner on the Delhi-Chennai, Delhi-Bangalore and Delhi-Kolkata domestic routes before its international debut.

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Air India to introduce the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on September 19

Air India (Mumbai) will introduce its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner into revenue service on September 19 on the  Delhi – Chennai and Delhi – Bangalore routes per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Duncan Kirk. Boeing 787-8 VT-AND (msn 36278) is seen at Everett (Paine Field).

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Air India accepts its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

Air India (Mumbai) today (September 6) has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

Boeing issued the following statement:

Boeing and Air India today celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 787 Dreamliner.

Air India is only the fifth airline in the world to take delivery of a 787 Dreamliner.

This delivery is the first of 27 Dreamliners for Air India. The airplane is equipped with 18 business class seats and 238 economy class seats.

The 787 has the range and capability to allow Air India to deploy the Dreamliner on many routes including the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Air India’s first 787-8 Dreamliner was assembled in Everett, Washington and delivered today from Boeing’s South Carolina delivery center in North Charleston. The airplane is scheduled to fly to Delhi on Friday (September 7).

Copyright Photo: Duncan Kirk. Boeing 787-8 (the traditional customer code has been dropped) VT-AND (msn 36278) is seen on the runway at Everett (Paine Field).

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Air India to move ahead and take delivery of three Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners this month

Air India (Mumbai) is planning to take delivery of three Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners this month according to this report by livemint.com. Apparently Boeing and Air India have settled their differences concerning compensation for the delivery delays.

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Copyright Photo: Duncan Kirk. The pictured Boeing 787-8 VT-AND (msn 36278) is getting ready for hand over to the Indian flag carrier.

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Air India and Boeing settle on delays compensation, three 787 Dreamliners to be delivered this month

Air India (Mumbai) and Boeing (Chicago) have settled their differences on the amount of money to be paid as compensation for the delays of the 787 Dreamliners. No details were provided. As a result three new Boeing 787 Dreamliners are expected to be delivered to the airline this month.

Read the full account from Herald Net: CLICK HERE

Meanwhile Leading Edge Aviation Services, Inc. (Fort Worth) has painted the first Air India 787 assembled at the Charleston, SC facility.

Read the full report from the New York Daily News: CLICK HERE

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Air India won’t take delivery of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner until the airline and the manufacturer can agree on delay compensations

Air India‘s (Mumbai) board of directors, backed by the Indian government, is refusing to take delivery of the first Boeing 787 until the two parties can agree on the compensation package due to the delivery delays according to the Deccan Herald. Air India and Boeing are reportedly far apart in the negotiations.

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Air Canada is negotiating with Air India to dry lease five Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft

Air Canada (Montreal) is reportedly in negotiations with cash-strapped Air India (Mumbai) to dry lease five Boeing 777-200 LR (Long Range) aircraft (see above). The aircraft are being offered on an 8-10 year leases.

Read the full report from The Economic Times: CLICK HERE

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The first SC-assembled Boeing 787 Dreamliner completes its first flight, Air India to receive its first 787 this month

Boeing (Chicago) yesterday (May 23) marked another 787 milestone as the first Dreamliner built in South Carolina completed its first flight. Piloted by Tim Berg and Randy Neville, the airplane successfully conducted a five-hour test flight. More than 5,000 Boeing South Carolina employees watched a live broadcast of the airplane as it took off from Charleston International Airport.

The production flight test profile tested the airplane’s controls and systems in a series of scenarios designed to verify the airplane operates as designed. The tests occurred in all stages of flight beginning prior to taxi, through final landing and taxi.

During the flight, the crew checked the functionality of onboard systems at high and medium altitudes. They also checked backup and critical safety elements including cabin pressurization, avionics, and navigation and communications systems. In addition, they shut down and re-started each engine during flight.

The airplane will be flown to Ft. Worth, Texas to be painted with Air India‘s livery before returning to Boeing South Carolina for a mid-2012 delivery.

Meanwhile, Air India will take delivery of its first 787 by the end of this month.

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Air India’s pilots are ready to talk as the strike continues

Air India’s (Mumbai) pilots are ready to conduct unconditional talks with management to end the impasse caused by the five-day strike by the pilots according to this report by the Hindustan Times. However the pilots claim management is not ready to talk.

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Copyright Photo: Keith Burton.

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Air India is forced to cancel 4 international flights today but fires 10 additional striking pilots

Air India (Mumbai) sacked (fired) another 10 pilots after the Delhi High Court prohibited the pilots from striking. The pilots have also been calling in sick, disrupting operations this week. AI was forced to cancel four international flights today according to the Hindustan Times.

The AI pilots are unhappy about management’s decision to give Boeing 787 Dreamliner training to former Indian Airlines pilots!

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Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen.

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Boeing rolls out the first 787 assembled at Charleston, South Carolina

Boeing (Chicago) yesterday (April 27) as planned rolled out the first 787 Dreamliner at the North Charleston plant located at Charleston International Airport (CHS). The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner rolled out of final assembly to great fanfare from the crowd of nearly 7,000 Boeing employees and invited guests. The festival-like atmosphere, featuring aerial displays, music and entertainment, was a fitting celebration to commemorate assembly completion of the first 787.

The airplane’s rollout marks the first time that a Boeing commercial airplane has been produced in the Southeastern United States.

Boeing announced that it had selected North Charleston, S.C., as the location for the second 787 final assembly line on October 28, 2009, and broke ground on the site in November of that year. The South Carolina final assembly facility was completed in June 2011, and production began later that same month.

The airplane next goes to the flight line, where it will go through systems checks and engine runs in advance of taxi testing and first flight. The airplane remains on schedule for delivery to Air India in mid-2012.

Boeing South Carolina also has responsibility for fabrication, integration and assembly of the 787’s midbody and aft body fuselage sections. Once complete, the fuselage sections are either delivered to the South Carolina Final Assembly facility, or transported via the Dreamlifter to Final Assembly in Everett, Washington.

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The first South Carolina-assembled 787 to roll out of the Charleston factory today

Boeing (Chicago) will celebrate today the roll-out of the first South Carolina-assembled 787 Dreamliner at the North Charleston factory located at Charleston International Airport (CHS). The CHS facility is non-union.

The first SC-produced Dreamliner will go to Air India.

Read the full story from The Post and Courier: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. This Dreamliner was assembled at Everett, WA.

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India approves the restructuring plan for money-losing Air India, will inject $5.85 billion through 2020

Air India (Mumbai) is getting yet another chance to prove it can make money. The state airline has been unprofitable for the past five years. The government of India has approved the restructuring plan according to the WSJ and also approved the infusion of $5.85 million in working capital to the airline over the next eight years.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.

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Air India’s Financial Restructuring Plan is approved by a consortium of banks

Air India’s (Mumbai) financial Restructuring Plan has been approved by a consortium of banks.

Read the full report by The Economic Times: CLICK HERE

In other news, the employees of Air India have called off any strike actions after their salary issues were resolved.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography.

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Air India to proceed with accepting its 27 Boeing 787 Dreamliners on order

Air India (Mumbai) will proceed with its 27 Boeing 787 Dreamliners on order according to this report by Reuters quoting India’s Aviation Minister Ajit Singh, despite its large debts and a long-running dispute with Boeing.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean.

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Air India seeks additional damages from Boeing for 787 delays

Air India (Mumbai) is seeking additional money for damages due to the 787 delays. Boeing has retorted stating it will not write a large check for Air India’s large debt.

Read the full report from IBN: CLICK HERE

Meanwhile, Air India has delayed the delivery of three Boeing 777s from 2013 to 2015 according to the WSJ.

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 787-837 VT-ANB (msn 36274) destined for Air India sits at Everett.

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Air India’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives in Delhi

Boeing (Chicago) has brought the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Delhi, India to give customer Air India (Delhi) a pre-delivery glimpse of its future. After a 14-hour non-stop flight from Seattle, the pictured Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Air India’s colors touched down at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi today (March 12).

The 787 will be on static display in New Delhi before debuting at India Aviation 2012 in Hyderabad on March 14. The Dreamliner that will be showcased is outfitted in Air India’s livery and an inviting passenger interior featuring full business and economy-class cabins.

AI has 27 787-8 Dreamliners on order.

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Air India may sell its 27 787 Dreamliner postions to raise capital

Air India (Mumbai) may sell its 27 Boeing 787 delivery positions to raise capital which means it may not become a Dreamliner customer according to this report by Rediff Business.

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Copyright Photo: Robbie Shaw.

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Air India’s pilots return to work after management promises to finally pay their backlog wages

Air India’s (Mumbai) pilots return to work today after a one-day strike protesting the lack of progress in paying their backlog of salaries due. Management promised it would pay the overdue salaries in stages. Air India is in a financial crisis.

Read the full story from The Economic Times: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Yannick Delamarre.

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Air India’s board approves the sale and lease back of 27 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Air India’s (Mumbai) board of directors has approved the sale and lease back of its 27 Boeing 787-800s on order. The board also decided Air India may lease out excess capacity of two Boeing 747-400 aircraft and some 777-200 LR aircraft (at a future date), after the induction of Dreamliners.

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Copyright Photo: Robbie Shaw. Awaiting final work at Everett (Paine Field) is Air India’s future Boeing 787-837 VT-ANB (msn 36274).

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Lufthansa is denied landing rights in India for its Airbus A380

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) will not be able to operate its new Airbus A380 to India according to this report by Reuters and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.

Indian officials are apparently still upset about the Lufthansa-led Star Alliance rejection of Air India’s request to join the alliance due to its faltering financial position. Paybacks, even in the airline business, can be tough.

Meanwhile LH will add the A380 on the Frankfurt-Singapore route starting on October 30.

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Air India does not have the money for its 27 Boeing 787s on order

Air India (Mumbai) does not have the company funds to pay for the 27 new Boeing 787 Dreamliners it has on order according to India’s Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi and this article by Aviation Week. This came a day after the country’s public auditing agency questioned the state-run airline’s costly expansion plans.

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Copyright Photo: Colin Hunter.

Air India’s bid to join the Star Alliance is put on hold

Air India (Mumbai) has failed to meet the requirements to join the Star Alliance. The 27 members have now put the the bid on hold to join the alliance.

The Star Alliance issued the following statement:

“The member airlines of the Star Alliance network and Air India have jointly concluded that the integration of Air India into the global airline alliance will be suspended. This is due to the fact that Air India has not met the minimum joining conditions that were contractually agreed in December 2007.

Following a recent review of the status of Air India’s application at a meeting held between the Indian Ministry for Civil Aviation, Star Alliance CEO, Jaan Albrecht and the Air India CMD, Arvind Jadhav, the decision to suspend has received subsequent confirmation by the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board.

Existing bilateral relationships with Star Alliance member airlines are not affected by this decision, which also leaves room to discuss a potential Alliance membership at a future stage, if deemed appropriate by both parties.”

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Copyright Photo: Yannick Delamarre.

Air India reinstates the 15 pilots after the pilots end their strike

Air India (Mumbai) has reinstated the 15 pilots it had suspended for their strike activities after the pilots called off their strike.

Read the full story from The Hundu: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Colin Hunter. Please click on the photo for the additional details.

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Air India retires the Indian Airlines brand and codes

Air India (Mumbai) at midnight tonight retired the brand and codes of subsidiary Indian Airlines (Mumbai). This ends the history of Indian.

Copyright Photo: Konstantin von Wedelstaedt. Please click on the photo for the full story and history.

Air India is planning to lease 10 A320s, 10 A330s and 20 CRJ700s

Air India (Mumbai) is planning to lease 10 Airbus A320s and 10 Airbus A330s as well as 20 Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets.

Read the full report from Bloomberg Businessweek:

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Air India is considering rebranding Air India Express

Air India (Mumbai) is considering a new name for its low-fare Air India Express subsidiary. The base will also be moved from Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram according to the WSJ. Read the full report:

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Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross. Please click on photo for additional details.

Air India in crisis, first the accident, now the strike

Air India (Mumbai) today is dealing with an unexpected strike by its employees (ground crews and engineers), in the aftermath of the Air India Express crash.

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Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross. Boeing 747-4H6 VT-AIS (msn 25703) taxies from the gate at Frankfurt.

Air India to join the Star Alliance no later than March 2011

Air India (Mumbai) is planning to join the Star Alliance no later than March 2011.

Read the full report in the Economic Times:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/Air-India-to-join-Star-Alliance-by-March-2011/articleshow/5934302.cms

Copyright Photo: Yannick Delamarre. Boeing 777-337 ER VT-ALK (msn 36309) soars into the bright sky at Paris (CDG).

Boeing to invest $100 million in Indian maintenance facility

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Oops! Will the real N747EX taxi out? Both of the new 747-8Fs at Everett have been incorrectly painted as N747EX. The real 747-8R7 N747EX (msn 35808) is the one on the left.

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle, Wichita and Charleston) is planning to invest $100 million in order to build a new MRO maintenance facility in Nagpur, India. The new facility will maintain the Boeing 787 Dreamliners of Air India, now scheduled to be first delivered in the second quarter of 2011.

News link:

www.reuters.com/article/idCNSGE60H0DA20100118?rpc=44

Air India shelves plans for a no-frills brand, will expand Air India Express operations

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Air India (Mumbai) has shelved plans to launch a separate no-frills brand. Instead it will concentrate on expanding operations of its Air India Express subsidiary.

New link:

economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/Air-India-drops-no-frill-service-to-focus-on-Express-CMD/articleshow/5405851.cms

Air India to trim its fleet by one-third to 105 aircraft

Air India (Mumbai) will trim its fleet from the current 146 to 105 aircraft by March 2011 according to the WSJ. This will include returning Boeing 777s and Airbus A319s and A320s coming off lease.

News link:

online.wsj.com/article/SB126103274238995151.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

Air India may cut 650 flights a week

Air India (Mumbai) is expected to make some radical changes including cutting possibly 650 flights a week including the New York route.

New link:

economictimes.indiatimes.com/Air-India-may-ground-650-flights-per-week/articleshow/5204785.cms

Copyright Photo: Terry Wade.

Please click on photo or link below for full view, information, prints for sale and other photos:

http://airlinersgallery.com/2/1f77f76/#/gallery/air-india/air-india-747-400-vt-esn-07-2nd-apr-lhr-t8-lr-901290/

Air India offers seven aircraft for lease

Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross.  Please click on photo for full view, information and other Air India photos.

Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross. Please click on photo for full view, information and other Air India photos.

Air India (Mumbai) is offering three Boeing 777-200LR (Longer Range) and four Airbus A310F freighters for lease.

News link:

www.flightglobal.com/articles/2009/10/06/333116/air-india-offers-seven-aircraft-for-dry-lease.html

A crew fight breaks out on Air India A320!

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton.  Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Air India (Mumbai) yesterday (October 3) had an in-flight fight involving four crew members on flight IC 884 between Sharjah and Delhi via Lucknow. The cockpit crew of the Airbus A320 also became involved!

News link:

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/business/india-business/Air-India-pilots-crew-blow-it-out-at-30000-ft/articleshow/5085243.cms

In other news, Air India will retire its last Boeing 747 (747-400) from scheduled revenue operations later this month after 38+ years. AI has operated the -200, -300 and -400 versions of the Jumbo. The original 747-237B (VT-EBD, msn 19959) was accepted on March 22, 1971.

Air India’s pilots end strike, returning to normal

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton.  Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

Air India’s (Mumbai) executive pilots have ended their strike and have started returning to work today.

News link:

www.hindustantimes.com/rssfeed/sectorsaviation/Air-India-pilots-back-to-work-flights-to-normalise-by-night/Article1-459635.aspx

Air India pilot strike continues for second day

Air India (Mumbai) is enduring a second day of strikes by its executive pilots. At least 30 flights have been canceled today.

News link:

timesofindia.indiatimes.com/news/business/india-business/AI-pilots-stir-continues-over-30-flights-cancelled/articleshow/5061576.cms

Air India 747-400 engine catches on fire

Air India (Mumbai) on Thursday (September 3) had an incident at Mumbai where a fuel leak led to an engine fire before flight AI 829 was due to depart to Riyadh. The leak was spotted and the subsequent fire was quickly extinguished as the aircraft stopped on the taxiway near the fire station. Passengers and crew safely exited the aircraft via the emergency chutes.

News link:

www.indianexpress.com/news/engine-catches-fire-packed-ai-flight-aborts-takeoff/513181/

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