10 SEPTEMBER 2012
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Air India has finally taken delivery at Delhi of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner after a dispute of several months between airline and manufacturer over compensation for a four-year production delay. The airline is the fifth carrier to take delivery of the aircraft, which was from the new Charleston facility, although the aircraft was built in Seattle. In total 21 Dreamliners have been delivered to date.
The 787 was also at the heart of a recent Air India pilots' strike. In July, about 500 Air India pilots ended the almost two-month strike over exclusive rights to fly the Dreamliner.
The aircraft is initially expected to be used on the Delhi – Dubai, Delhi – Kolkata, Delhi – Bangalore and Delhi – Amritsar routes. Up to five aircraft should be delivered over the coming weeks. Air India's 787s are equipped with 18 Business Class seats and 238 Economy Class seats. www.airindia.com
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