Air India Receives The First Dream liner With The Star Alliance Livery
Air India as a service may well be seen like a ship which is leaking money from virtually every corner; yet every now and then, it brings a feather to the cap that even if you are not proud of, you take notice. The state-owned carrier has achieved another such feat yesterday when it received its 20th Boeing 787 Dreamliner from the assembly facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.
The 20th Dreamliner is also Air India’s and the world’s first 787 that features that the Star Alliance livery. Air India had joined the world’s largest global airline alliance last year, which is a reflection of the growing prowess of networking in the Indian Aviation market. The 20th Dreamliner is by no means the last to be delivered, as the company is still waiting on seven other planes from its initial order of 27 to Boeing.
Rohit Nandan, chairman and managing director of Air India, commented, “Taking delivery of our 20th 787 Dreamliner marks an important day for Air India. With this airplane we are building on the success of our other 787s, which are providing an exceptional experience to our passengers while allowing us to expand our network both within India and around the world.”
Dinesh Keskar, the senior vice-president, Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, was quick to congratulate Air India for being in the “elite group airlines who have taken delivery of 20 or more 787s”. Currently, Air India is serving 37 international destinations and this number is likely to grow with the new 787s in the pipeline.