Air India’s planned visit to Boeing’s North Charleston plant to ‘celebrate’ the airline’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner made in South Carolina has been called off.
The financially struggling airline officially took delivery of their first 787 back in March and the first one built at Boeing’s North Charleston took its first flight this past week…also to be delivered to Air India.
‘”The plan is [for AI execs to] no longer to stop in South Carolina for the first Air India 787 delivery,” Wilson Chow, a Boeing spokesman, said in an email Thursday. “We are still on track to deliver the Everett-built plane to Air India.”‘
Air India has 27 Dreamliners on order but the 787 has been beset by over 3 years of delays. The state-run airline is bleeding money and rumors have been rampant of a shutdown if the government does not step in again (it has already bailed out the carrier to the tune of $5.8 billion) with financial assistance.
Boeing says the celebratory event will take place at the end of June.
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