Dreamliners

  • 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 A-320. 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 Singapore-Chennai-Mumbai 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 AI-020, 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 newly-acquired 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 Delhi-Rome-Milan-Delhi 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...
  • Delhi-bound AI Dreamliner lands in Kuala Lumpur due to software glitch February 5, 2014

    New Delhi: In a mid-air 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 Melbourne-Delhi 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 state-run 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 787-8 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 747-8s, Dreamliners November 24, 2013

    Boeing advised airlines on Friday about a risk of engine icing problems on its new 747-8 and 787 Dreamliner planes with engines made by General Electric, urging 15 carriers to avoid flying them near high-level 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 AI-116 London to Delhi...
  • Panel fell off AI Dreamliner mid-air; DGCA probes incident October 15, 2013

    New Delhi: A large panel on the belly of a Bangalore-bound Dreamliner of Air India fell off mid-air, 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 Birmingham-Delhi direct flights June 24, 2013

    London: Air India will launch direct flights between Birmingham and New Delhi from August 1, with its new Boeing 787-800 '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 carbon-plastic 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: State-run Air India is open to selling all eight of its Boeing 777 passenger aircrafts, Chairman Rohit Nandan said, and the debt-ridden carrier is seeking Boeing's help in talks with potential buyers. Air India will replace the routes flown by the aircrafts with high-tech 787 Dreamliner jets initially, he...
  • 'Air India to resume 787 Dreamliner flights from Wednesday' May 14, 2013

    New Delhi: State-run Air India Ltd will resume flying its Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner passenger jets from Wednesday, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said on Tuesday, almost four months after the planes were grounded due to safety concerns. Air India has six Dreamliners and has ordered 21 more. The planes have...
  • Air India launches test flights of Dreamliner aircraft May 9, 2013

    New Delhi: Air India has launched test flights of its Dreamliner aircraft, which have been fitted with new battery packs following battery fire incidents in January, as the first of these sophisticated planes was flown from Mumbai to Delhi via Ahmedabad. By Friday, two of these Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes would...
  • Dreamliners grounding: Boeing to compensate Air India May 2, 2013

    New Delhi: US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has agreed to compensate Air India for the grounding of the Dreamliner aircraft due to battery-fire incidents, Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday. Minister of State for Civil Aviation KC Venugopal replied in affirmative when he was asked whether Boeing had agreed to pay the...
  • Ethiopia flies first Dreamliner since grounding April 28, 2013

    Kampala: A Boeing 787 operated by Ethiopian Airlines flew from Ethiopia to Kenya's capital Saturday, the first commercial flight since air safety authorities grounded the Dreamliners after incidents with smoldering batteries on two different planes in January. The Boeing 787 passenger jet arrived in Nairobi on Saturday afternoon after a two-hour...
  • Ethiopian launches first 787 Dreamliner flight since grounding April 27, 2013

    Addis Ababa: Ethiopian Airlines on Saturday became the world's first carrier to resume flights with Boeing Co's 787 Dreamliner passenger jets, a Reuters witness said, three months after they were grounded over battery meltdowns. An Ethiopian Dreamliner passenger jet left Addis Ababa for a scheduled flight to Nairobi just before 11...