New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh, on Wednesday, launched the first Air India's Boeing 787 Dreamliner Aircraft at a function held at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
27 Boeing 787 will be delivered from 2012 to March 2016. The first of the aircrafts had arrived in New Delhi on 8th September 2012.
Addressing a press conference, Singh informed variety of issues on Air India and civil aviation sector in general. The salient points of the statement of the Minister on the occasion are as follows:
Air India signed an agreement for purchase of 68 aircrafts (23-B777, 18-B737, 27-B787) in December 2005. 27 B787 due for delivery in September 2008 to October 2011 will now be delivered from 2012 to March 2016. The first B787 has already arrived in Delhi. Air India is going to get 5 more B787 in the current year till December 2012. Rest 21 aircrafts will be received as follows:
In the year 2013, India will get 7 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts
In 2014, Air India will receive 5 B787 aircrafts
In 2015, country's national carrier will receive 6 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts
In 2016, Air India will receive the rest 3 aircrafts.
B787 will commence flying to Europe and Australia from Winter-2012 and it is expected that the aircraft will be a game changer for Air India.
Features of B787 Dreamliner
a) Fuel Efficiency - In terms of less fuel consumption to the extent of 15% as compared to aircraft in the same class (Airbus330). (This would be 30% less if compared with B777).
b) Passenger Comfort - Apart from passenger comfort in terms of comfortable & bigger seats, inflight entertainment, mood lightings, lavatories, large windows, the most distinguished feature of this aircraft is the Cabin Pressure Control, which allows cabin pressure to be set at lower levels i.e. equivalent to 6000 feet for B787 in lieu of 8000 feet. Besides, it is equipped with a Gaseous Air Purification System. Both these features provide enhanced passenger comfort in terms of less fatigue and more freshness during long-haul flights.
c) Less Carbon emission, thereby causing less environmental pollution.