New Delhi: The first ultra long-haul Boeing 787 — Dreamliner — would be delivered to Air India in the fourth quarter of this year after a delay of over three years.
But before that, the aircraft would land at the IGI Airport here on a test flight next week and Air India pilots would start getting trained to fly this latest plane created out of composite material from August.
This was announced by Boeing India president Dinesh Keskar on Wednesday.
Asked about the compensation to be paid by the premier US aircraft manufacturer to Air India for the delay in deliveries, Keskar said, “We continue to work with Air India on this. Several rounds of discussions have taken place and talks are continuing. We are really sorry for the delay. We know it affected many airlines around the world, including Air India.”
While Air India has ordered 27 B 787-8s, private carrier Jet Airways has placed orders for 10 of these planes.
The deliveries to Jet would begin in 2014, while the national carrier expects at least four aircraft this calendar year — one in October, two in November and one in December. Originally, Air India was to have taken delivery of it first Boeing 787 aircraft in May 2008.
However, Keskar did not disclose dates of deliveries of the Dreamliners to Air India.
He said the training of Air India pilots would begin next month. Intensive discussions have been held with the airline and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation on the training programme and type-rating of trained pilots. DGCA has to certify that the pilots are trained to fly certain types of aircraft, which is called type-rating.