Boeing and Air India celebrated on October 11, 2017 the delivery of the airline’s 125thairplane from Boeing. The airplane is the 27th 787-8 Dreamliner (VT-NAC, msn 36299) for the national carrier.
Air India was an original member of the 787 Dreamliner launch group and took delivery of its first 787-8 in 2012. In all, the airline now operates 27 787-8 Dreamliners, along with 777-200LRs (Longer Range), 777-300ER (Extended Range), and 747-400s.
The Air India 787 Dreamliners offer a host of passengers-pleasing features such as large overhead bins, comfortable reclining seats, LED lighting, cleaner air, larger dimmable windows and an exclusive in-flight entertainment experience to passengers.
Air India operates the 787 Dreamliner to all its destinations in Europe and to other cities in the Gulf, Asia and Australia.
Copyright Photo: Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner VT-ANL (msn 36283) LHR (SPA). Image: 924377.
On August 15, 2016, Air India will restore the Ahmedabad – London Heathrow – Newark route with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft according to Airline Route. The restored route will be operated three days a week. It was last operated in 2009.
Air India (Mumbai) has announced the launch of the world’s longest route starting on December 2 from Delhi (DEL) to San Francisco (SFO) with Boeing 777-200 LRs (Longer Range). The new long-range route will be operated three days a week.
The company is also reportedly considering new service to Amsterdam and Barcelona.
Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-237 LR VT-ALB (msn 36301) taxies at JFK International Airport in New York.
Air India (Mumbai) and Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Charleston) celebrated the airline’s milestone delivery yesterday (March 31) of its 20th 787 Dreamliner from Boeing’s final assembly facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.
The ictured Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner registered as VT-ANU (msn 36292) also features the Star Alliance livery, Air India’s – and the world’s – first 787 to do so. The flag carrier joined the leading global airline network last year, reflecting the strong network growth of the Indian aviation market.
“Today Air India joins an elite group airlines who have taken delivery of 20 or more 787s and this milestone highlights the successful partnership we have between Boeing and Air India,” said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president, Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 787 continues to provide great value to Air India, opening new routes, with superior fuel efficiency and unmatched passenger comfort.”
Air India serves more than 60 domestic and 37 international destinations. The airline has ordered 27 787 Dreamliners, with seven more scheduled to be delivered.
Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) has announced it will start Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner service three days a week to Tokyo (Narita) starting on April 20 in codeshare partnership with fellow Star Alliance member, ANA-All Nippon Airways (Tokyo).
The new route will be operated through Hong Kong.
In other news, Ethiopian Airlines and Air India (Delhi) have expanded their codeshare coverage.
Ethiopian operates daily flights to both Mumbai and Delhi. The two Star Alliance member carriers, which have already a codeshare in place for the Mumbai and Delhi routes, have expanded their agreement to include African points on Ethiopian operated network thru its main hub in Addis Ababa, such as Kigali, Entebbe, Dar es Salaam, Harare and Nairobi, and on Air India’s domestic routes beyond Mumbai and Delhi with the inclusion of Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Bangalore.
Ethiopian is planning to significantly scale-up its footprint in the Indian market with the start of double-daily flights and the opening of a new route in Southern India in 2015.
Ethiopian is a global Pan-African carrier currently serving 84 international destinations across five continents with over 200 daily flights and using the latest technology aircraft such as the Boeing 777s and Boeing 787s.
Copyright Photo: Wingnut/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner ET-AOS (msn 34747) taxies at London (Heathrow).
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.