Air India expects first Boeing 787 in June 2011

Air India expects first Boeing 787 in June 2011

Mumbai: Air India expects to take delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft in June 2011, an airline spokesman said on Saturday, after a report said some customers could face further delays.

“To the best of our knowledge, the delivery still stands in June 2011," a spokesman for the state-owned carrier said, adding that in August the delivery date had been pushed back to June 2011 from April 2011.

A report in Aviation Week citing people familiar with the situation said the world’s second-largest plane maker had told several early customers of the 787 Dreamliner of more delivery delays of as much as 10-month.

The report said Air India was now believed to be scheduled to receive its first 787 in September or October 2011 instead of April.

A Boeing spokeswoman said the company does not discuss individual delivery schedules for customers, and added reports on Friday about new delivery timing appeared to be based on a schedule announced in August. Boeing said it still plans to deliver its first 787 in the first quarter of 2011.

Air India has said it has plans to buy 27 Dreamliners from Boeing in phases.