Friday, April 20, 2012

Air India will Fly its First Dreamliner in May

The long-wait of Air India for operating Boeing 787 Dreamliner has finally been put to end. The airline is going to induct the first of its 27 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in May this year. More than 30 of Air India pilots will be trained in Singapore for flying the new plane.

Dreamliner will be active from two major Indian airports Delhi and Mumbai, popular gateways for those taking fights to India. The flying schedule is based on the assumption that the aircraft will fly 4,500 hours in a year, meaning daily flight duration of 12-13 hours.

The airline is now on tenterhooks to get the delivery of at least three more Dreamliners by the end of this year.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner is perhaps going to be a game changer for the Indian aviation sector, and in particular, the airlines ordering it as it is claimed by Boeing that it consumes 20% less fuel than any other ‘similarly sized aircrafts’. Decidedly, the Dreamliner would help Air India in cutting down its operational costs and making more profits.

A viable question by travellers could be – what’s in it for them? Though not in the near future, but travellers can hope to net travel tickets on cheap flights to India, should the airlines operating 787s decide to pass on the savings to them in the long run.

Cheap flights or no cheap flights, holiday makers aboard the new dreamliner will definitely have a world class experience for the advance technology that has been used in developing the craft.

For an ultimate passenger experience, features such as dynamic LED lighting, bigger windows, spacious stowage, cleaner and healthier air, lower cabin altitude, smoother ride and calmer cabin are particularly emphasised upon by Boeing.

Sources indicate that Jet Airways, another popular Indian carrier, has ordered 10 Dreamliners. A revolution in the Indian aviation sector is surely on the cards!


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