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AI likely to induct Boeing 787 'Dreamliner' in May

Last Updated: Friday, March 9, 2012 - 19:27

New Delhi: After an almost three-year delay, Air India can now look forward to inducting the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner by May.

The first of these planes is likely to be inducted only in May after it gets operational and technical certifications from the US Federal Aviation Administration, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and other agencies, official sources said. Air India has ordered a total of 27 of these aircraft.

Meanwhile, the US aircraft manufacturer Boeing said the first Dreamliner, painted in Air India livery, would be on display for three days at the Hyderabad Airshow, starting March 14.

"The super-efficient Boeing-787 Dreamliner is set to make its debut at Hyderabad as part of Boeing's commercial products showcase at the 2012 India Aviation Airshow", a Boeing spokesperson said, adding that the aircraft was set to land at Begumpet Airport on the eve of the airshow.

The delivery of the Dreamliner, built of composite materials which Boeing claims would help significantly reduce fuel consumption, has been delayed for almost three years for which Air India has sought a hefty compensation from the manufacturing company.

The government wants the compensation issue to be sorted out before Air India starts inducting them.

Facing financial trouble, Air India has decided to sell and leaseback the first seven of the 27 planes it has ordered and is looking for bridge financing worth USD 230 million.

Under leaseback arrangement, one party sells a property to a buyer who immediately leases it back to the seller, allowing the initial buyer to make full use of the asset while not having capital tied up in it.


First Published: Friday, March 9, 2012 - 19:27
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