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FROM THE EDITORS DESK- Thirty Fourth Issue, September 2012

Hi Friends!

The first of 27 Dreamliners ordered by Air India –which had been delayed since 2008 because of production problems at Boeing is scheduled to arrive in New Delhi in the first week of Sept 2012. The carrier and the firm were then involved in a public spat over compensation for the delay.

The 256-seater aircraft was received by top Air India officials in South Carolina in the United States. The Dreamliners mark an important phase for the loss-making airline because they will replace some older, fuel-guzzling planes. Air India will also be able to fly to more foreign destinations to match other international airlines, analysts say.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a long-range, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It seats 210 to 290 passengers, depending on the variant. Boeing states that it is the company's most fuel-efficient airliner and the world's first major airliner to use composite materials for most of its construction. According to Boeing, the 787 consumes 20% less fuel than the similarly-sized 767. Its distinguishing features include a four-panel windshield, noise-reducing chevrons on its engine nacelles, and a smoother nose contour. The 787 shares a common type rating with the larger 777 twinjet, allowing qualified pilots to operate both models, due to related design feature.

The Dreamliner was also at the heart of a recent Air India pilots' strike. In July, about 500 Air India pilots ended the almost two-month strike over exclusive rights to fly the Dreamliner.
The striking pilots had demanded that their colleagues from the former Indian Airlines, the domestic state-run carrier that merged with Air India, not be trained to fly Dreamliners because they worried it could hurt their own career prospects.
Boeing said Air India is the fifth airline in the world to take delivery of a 787 Dreamliner. Air India's Dreamliner is equipped with 18 business class seats and 238 economy class seats. The airplane is scheduled to fly to New Delhi on Friday, the 7th of Sept 2012.
India, one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world, offers tremendous growth opportunities to plane makers as more newly affluent Indians take to the skies. Boeing officials forecast passenger traffic to grow by 8.4 percent annually in South Asia, which includes India, and by 7 percent annually in China up to 2031.
Boeing Co raised its forecast for the Indian plane market earlier this month, saying the South Asian country would need 1,450 new aircraft worth $175 billion by 2031. "India will have the highest passenger traffic growth in the world, higher than even China's in the next 20 years," Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplane, in a statement told reporters.
Let us all wish a DREAM innings to AIR INDIA with its new fleet of AIRCRAFT.
Aryama Sanyal