Boeing today delivered the first of 27 787 Dreamliners to Air India at its North Charleston, S.C. delivery center.
The plane was built at Boeing’s Everett plant and flown to South Carolina for delivery. An Air India plane that was the first aircraft built at the new North Charleston plant is still awaiting delivery.
Air India 787 Taking Off from Charleston
“Today is a great day for Air India as the most technologically advanced and fuel efficient airplane in the world joins our fleet,” said Rohit Nandan, Air India chairman and managing director. “The 787 will allow Air India to open new routes in a dynamic marketplace and provide the best in-flight experience for our passengers.”
The delivery of the first of 27 Dreamliners Air India has ordered was delayed as Boeing and the airline haggled over compensation for Boeing’s late delivery of the plane. The company is more than three years behind in delivering the composite-bodied twin jets to its airline customers.
Air India is the fifth airline in the world to take delivery of a 787 Dreamliner. The airplane is equipped with 18 business class seats and 238 economy class seats.
All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines and LAN have also received Dreamliners from Boeing.