Friday, September 14, 2012

NEWS | Air India pampers desi flyers with Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft

This photograph taken April 27, 2012 shows a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner being built for Air India rolling out of the hangar at Boeing's new production facilities in North Charlston, South Carolina. (AFP)

A view of the interiors of Dreamliner, the first Boeing 787 plane that was inducted into Air India fleet in New Delhi. (PTI)

Air India pilot Soman (L) poses for a photo as he sits in the cockpit during the unveiling of Air India's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Indira Gandhi International airport terminal 3 in New Delhi, on September 12, 2012. The factory fresh 256-seater Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first of 27 Dreamliners Air India has purchased for their fleet. (AFP)

 It is a brand new aircraft. There are only 30-odd of its kind in the world as of now. It is all about passenger comfort as it has been made to fly on long-haul international routes. But in India, one can fly theBoeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with a domestic air ticket from next week onwards.

From September 19, Air India will be operating its Delhi-Chennai-Delhi and Delhi-Bangalore-Delhi flights with its spanking new Dreamliner aircraft. "For passengers in India, it is a wonderful chance to experience the aircraft. No airlines would put a long-haul aircraft and that too a recently-launched one on domestic routes to operate on a two-hour or forty-minute flight," said an aviation analyst, on condition of anonymity.

"For frequent flyers and aviation enthusiasts, it's a great opportunity to earn some bragging rights," he added. Other airlines in the world that fly the Dreamliners, like All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, have put their B-787s on long-haul routes. 

Air India hasn't yet woken up to the idea of marketing the Dreamliner's first commercial flight. On Thursday, the cheapest, tax inclusive, one-way fare for AI flights on the Delhi-Chennai route on September 19 and on dates after that was in the range of Rs 9,000. However, it is not possible to book a flight that will be operated by the Dreamliner.


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