Tenth Dreamliner, Another feather in Air India’s turban

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With the landing of 10th Dreamliner aircraft yesterday, Air India has climbed one more step of success. Minister for Civil Aviation, Ajit Singh flew into New Delhi from Seattle with the latest Boeing 787.Report says that Civil Aviation Minister visited United States along with his Ministry officials to attend the India-US Aviation Summit. Apart from official visit to the Boeing headquarters and manufacturing facilities, he was also engrossed in meetings with multiple aviation officials.The aircraft was received by RohitNandan, Chairman and Managing Director, Air India and Prabhat Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, reports PTI.

Air India’s turban

The much anticipated Boeing 787 is a super-efficient airplane, providing advance solutions for aviation industry and passengers. The 787 Boeing family offers fuel efficiency and exceptional engine performance. Dreamliner 787-8 is capable of carrying 210-250 passengers and the 787-9 variant has the capacity to carry 250-290 passengers. The latest 787-10, launched in June 2013 extends the capacity to 300-330 passengers on 7,000 nautical miles. It is to be noted that Dreamliner uses 20 percent less fuel and offers 20 to 45 percent more cargo revenue than any same-sized aircraft.

The advance technology and plush interior also makes this Dreamliner a much sort after aircraft in aviation industry. Health Monitoring System enables maintenance reports sent automatically to the ground-based computer set up. Simple architecture and innovative design are prominent features of this efficient flying machine. General Electrics and Rolls Royce incorporate a new engine that takes a two-generation leap in technology. Boeing 787 is the most popular and efficacious twin-aisle airplane in the contemporary era.

Despite its excellent features, the much anticipated Dreamliner suffers gamut of technological glitches. Air India spokesperson, G.P Rao conferred several issues regarding the aircraft. Recently the airplane suffered cracks in windowpanes and other issues like false alarms in cockpit panels, inefficient brake system and falling of panel part. However, Wilson Chow, Communication and Marketing Manager of Boeing in the positive note said that they are working on the problems faced by the aircraft.

According to PTI, Air India has been experiencing number of problems with newly-acquired Dreamliner since last year. Reports say that the veteran airline of India has placed order of at least 27 new Boeing 787 to expand its global network. It is to be noted that the Dreamliner are also flying on domestic routes like Delhi-Chennai, Delhi-Bengaluru and Delhi-Kolkata. Air India; currently connect cities like Birmingham, Melbourne and Sydney. The airline plans to expand routes to Rome, Milan and Moscow by the winter of 2013.

By Vikas Nehra

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