UPDATE – March 14, 2012:
Air India will receive 7 787s by March of 2013 according to an aviation official in Hyderabad at the India air show. The planes have been delayed by over 4 years. The 787s will be equipped with General Electric’s Genx engine.
Also, Boeing will pay Air India at least $500 million in late delivery compensation.
So Boeing is Cool That AI wants a Billion Rebate Back AND May Sell All Their 787s Anyway??
Air India’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner landed at Indira Gandhi International Airport today to be showcased and put on display as part of the airline and Boeing’s unveiling of the Dreamliner in India.
The Air India 787 flew 14 hours to get to Delhi where it will be displayed in Air India’s livery (see photo) before debuting at India Aviation 2012 in Hyderabad on March 14.
“We’re proud to bring the world’s most advanced commercial airplane to India, especially when it proudly displays the colors of national flag carrier Air India,” said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This week even more of our airline customers will experience the game-changing technologies and innovations the 787 has to offer.”
Air India’s first 787 is slated to start service in the summer. Air India has ordered 27 787s in total.
It has to be just a bit awkward for Boeing and Air India unless ‘they kissed and made up and we don’t know about it’. :) First, Air India says they want $1 billion back from Boeing for the 787 delays and then word comes out that Air India may sell all their 787s to raise cash since they are in debt!
But hey. that’s business, right? Let’s all put on a happy face and act like we like each other! Right??
Image Courtesy of Boeing
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