DREAMLINERS

  • Air India proposes shift from sale and leaseback October 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Air India is proposing to shift from sale and leaseback to outright purchase of 15 of the 27 Dreamliner aircraft it has ordered, in a bid to save about USD 225-300 million as part of the turnaround plan. A proposal to this effect has been sent to the government...
  • Twin trouble for Air India flights, one delayed due to clogged toilets, other develops technical snag October 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Air India's spate of trouble with its Dreamliner fleet continued on Friday as the airline was forced to cancel its Melbourne-Delhi flight and delay the departure of its Singapore-Chennai service by over six hours. While the Melbourne-Delhi flight AI-301 had clogged toilets in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and...
  • 'No significant' turbulence on Air India Delhi-Shanghai flight: DGCA September 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Aviation regulator DGCA has found "no significant" turbulence on Air India's Delhi-Shanghai flight earlier this month, as alleged by an air hostess, and has asked the entire crew to record their statements before it on Monday. One of the cabin crew members on flight...
  • AI Dreamliner turns back after windshield crack August 21, 2014

    New Delhi: It is raining trouble for Air India's Dreamliner fleet as one of the aircraft was forced to return on Thursday after developing a windshield crack midair on its way to Kolkata. The incident comes a day after a Boeing 787 was grounded in Seoul as a "precautionary" measure for...
  • Boeing asks Air India not to fly Dreamliners near thunderstorms July 30, 2014

    New Delhi: US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has asked Air India to avoid flying its Dreamliner planes near thunderstorms as it enhanced the risk of icing on engines and the airline has changed its operating procedures accordingly. "Boeing has issued an advisory to Air India to avoid flying the B787 (Dreamliner) aircraft...
  • Air India to formally join Star Alliance group today July 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Air India will be formally inducted as the 27th member of the Star Alliance on Friday. The ceremony will be held at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport where Air India is set to unveil a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and an Airbus A320. Top officials of several major global...
  • Air India to add another Dreamliner on Singapore route July 4, 2014

    Singapore: Celebrating its 60th year of flying to Singapore, Air India is adding another Boeing 787 'Dreamliner' aircraft on its SingaporeChennaiMumbai sector from next month. "The Indian national carrier has seen a big increase in passengers on its latest aircrafts from Singapore to India," Country Manager Nirbhik Narang said on Friday. "In...
  • Windshield of Air India Dreamliner develops cracks June 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Air India's troubles with its Dreamliners seem to be unending with one of these planes, carrying over 200 passengers and crew, suffering a crack on its windshield while flying to Kolkata from. The aircraft, operating flight AI020, landed safely at Kolkata airport on last evening even after the...
  • Air India starts maiden service to Italy June 6, 2014

    New Delhi: National passenger carrier Air India on Friday started its maiden operations to Italy with direct flights on its fleet of newlyacquired Boeing 787 Dreamliner. According to the airline, its operations will include flights from Delhi to Rome and Milan on a triangular route with Dreamliner aircraft. The DelhiRomeMilanDelhi flight...
  • US agency calls for new tests on Boeing 787 batteries May 23, 2014

    The US National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that new tests should be conducted on batteries in Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, after causing two incidents last year. In January 2013, regulators grounded the plane for three months following two battery overheating incidents that caused a fire on a 787 parked at Boston's...
  • Air India to lease 14 Airbus A-320s to strengthen domestic network April 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Aiming to strengthen its domestic route network, Air India would lease 14 Airbus A-320s for up to six years in a phased manner from the current financial year. The national carrier on Thursday re-issued a tender for leasing these planes which should not be more than six years old....
  • Air India to raise bridge loan of $500 mn for buying 4 Dreamliners April 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Expecting deliveries of five more Dreamliners between May and November, Air India plans to raise bridge loan of $500 million to finance the purchase of four of these aircraft and use them to launch flights to new destinations like Moscow, Rome and Milan. The national carrier, which has already...
  • No plan to ground Dreamliners, but may seek compensation from Boeing: AI March 12, 2014

    Air India has no plans to ground its newly-acquired Dreamliner aircraft despite technical glitches, but the airline may seek compensation from manufacturer Boeing for not keeping its word on fuel efficiency. Air India has set up a committee comprising its officials and those from the Civil Aviation Ministry and Boeing to...
  • Delhibound AI Dreamliner lands in Kuala Lumpur due to software glitch February 5, 2014

    New Delhi: In a midair scare for 215 passengers on board Air India Dreamliner, a software glitch forced the aircraft to be diverted midway. This, after the entire computer and software system in the cockpit went blank. The MelbourneDelhi aircraft was diverted to Kaula Lumpur after the cockpit software system went...
  • Boeing 787 snag causes Air India return to London January 22, 2014

    A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by Air India this week returned to London due to a communications problem, but has since been operational, the staterun carrier said on Wednesday. The aircraft's transponder failed during the flight on Sunday from London to New Delhi, Air India spokesman GP Rao said, adding there...
  • Air India to sell 7 Dreamliners to raise USD 840 million December 22, 2013

    National carrier Air India plans to raise up to USD 840 million by way of sale of its seven Boeing 7878 Dreamliner planes, which it will then lease back, to pay off the bridge loans taken against these aircraft. A part of the proceeds will also be used for operational requirements,...
  • Boeing warns of engine icing risk on 7478s, Dreamliners November 23, 2013

    Boeing advised airlines on Friday about a risk of engine icing problems on its new 7478 and 787 Dreamliner planes with engines made by General Electric, urging 15 carriers to avoid flying them near highlevel thunderstorms. The warning led Japan Airlines to pull 787 Dreamliners from two international routes. Other affected...
  • Boeing jumbo jet lands at wrong US airport November 22, 2013

    Wichita (US):Boeing says a 747 jumbo jet used to haul parts for construction of its new 787 Dreamliner jet landed at the wrong Kansas airport. The plane maker says the Dreamlifter landed safely last evening at Colonel James Jabara Airport, several miles from McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita where it...
  • Air India Dreamliners to get software upgrade starting December November 9, 2013

    New Delhi: National carrier Air India plans to upgrade the software in all its 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets from December, saying that the process will not lead to the planes being grounded for long. The 787 has suffered a series of glitches since it was introduced two years ago, including...
  • Air India Dreamliner makes an emergency landing in Delhi November 5, 2013

    New Delhi: The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is in the news once again for the wrong reasons. Soon after the windscreen of an Air India Dreamliner plane flying from Delhi to Melbourne developed a crack, yet another incident involving the plane has been reported. An Air India flight AI116 London to Delhi...
  • Panel fell off AI Dreamliner midair; DGCA probes incident October 15, 2013

    New Delhi: A large panel on the belly of a Bangalorebound Dreamliner of Air India fell off midair, putting about 150 passengers on board at a grave risk, but the aircraft landed safely. The DGCA is probing the incident which occurred on Saturday when an 8X4 feet panel in the...
  • Qatar Airways to extend Dreamliner route network to India August 20, 2013

    Qatar Airways has announced plans to extend its Boeing 787 Dreamliner route network to India with the launch of services to and from Delhi and Bangalore starting September 1 this year. The introduction of the service promises the airlines' passengers with an unparallelled level of service, comfort and travel experience. "The...
  • Air India secures $ 500 mn from Deutsche, Investec Bank July 25, 2013

    Mumbai: National carrier Air India has tied up with Deutsche Bank and the British lender Investec Bank to raise up to USD 500 million to take the delivery of five Boeing Dreamliners, according to airline sources. "We have got financing for all the five Dreamliners and have mandated Deutsche Bank...
  • Air India to launch BirminghamDelhi direct flights June 24, 2013

    London: Air India will launch direct flights between Birmingham and New Delhi from August 1, with its new Boeing 787800 'Dreamliner' aircraft, it was announced on Sunday. The flights will operate four times a week Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving from Delhi into Birmingham at 1900 hours and departing...
  • Dreamliner will be the gamechanger, says Ajit Singh June 15, 2013

    New Delhi: According to Airports Council International (ACI), India can emerge as the third largest aviation market by 2029. All hopes now lie on Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft which is grounded for four months. The Maharaja has seen many troubled days due to losses, strikes and losing out on profitable routes....
  • Air rivalry intensifies as Airbus A350 makes first flight June 15, 2013

    Europe's latest passenger jet, the Airbus A350, made its maiden flight on Friday and its chief salesman, opening a new front in a battle with US rival Boeing Co, declared it so quiet that airport residents won't even notice it. The lightweight carbonplastic jet flew over the Airbus plant in Toulouse...
  • Air India to expand global network with Dreamliners June 9, 2013

    London: Air India plans to expand its globaL network using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which will emerge as the "game changer" for the national carrier, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said on Sunday. "We are expanding our network with Dreamliners. The B787s will be game changer for Air india,"...
  • Air India redeploys Dreamliners, pushes for modified planes May 18, 2013

    According to reports, the Boeing team is working on a new and improved design of Dreamliners. Air India has pressed the first of its modified Dreamliners into service as it redeploys the planes. Air India had grounded all six Dreamliners on January 17 after All Nipon Airlines of Japan reported...
  • Boeing says AI can redeploy all Dreamliners in May May 17, 2013

    Mumbai: Boeing on Friday said it will ready the remaining four grounded Dreamliners of Air India within this month and also deliver the seventh 787 to the national carrier by end of the month. After grounding all the six Dreamliners on January 17, Air India on Wednesday put two Dreamliners...
  • AI may sell all eight of its Boeing 777 aicrafts May 15, 2013

    New Delhi: Staterun Air India is open to selling all eight of its Boeing 777 passenger aircrafts, Chairman Rohit Nandan said, and the debtridden carrier is seeking Boeing's help in talks with potential buyers. Air India will replace the routes flown by the aircrafts with hightech 787 Dreamliner jets initially, he...