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Air India to induct Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner in fleet tomorrow

Air India's entire European operations are carried out with Boeing Dreamliner planes

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

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State-owned has taken the delivery of its last 787-8 Dreamliner, which will be inducted in its fleet tomorrow. The new plane was delivered to in the presence of its chairman and managing director at the Seattle facility of the US aircraft maker Co, an airline source said. currently has 26 787-800 planes in its fleet. The national carrier had in January 2006 ordered as many as 68 aircraft, including 27 B787-800s. "The 27th and the last Dreamliner plane will be arriving at the International Airport in New Delhi tomorrow.

With the induction of this plane, will complete the of 27 such planes that it had ordered in 2006," the source said. Significantly, Air India's entire European operations are carried out with Dreamliner planes. Most of these planes are on 'sale and leaseback' mode. Under the SLB arrangement, the seller of an asset leases it back from the purchaser for a longterm period and continues to use it without actually owning it. As part of its fleet upgradation and expansion plans, had in 2006 placed orders with for 68 aircraft -- 27 Dreamliners, 15 B777-300ERs, eight B777-200LRs and 18 B-737-800s. Of these, the state-run carrier has already taken the delivery of all but three planes. The remaining three planes - all B777s - are to be delivered to the carrier early next year.

First Published: Wed, October 11 2017. 17:51 IST
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