Air India to receive 787 Dreamliners four months behind schedule

New Delhi: Boeing has delayed delivery of its B787 Dreamliner to flag carrier Air India by four months. Airline officials have said that the delay is not likely to impact their operations. Air India has ordered 27 of these long-haul aircraft and is the third customer in line to take delivery.

It is learnt that while the first customer, All Nippon Airways of Japan, is due to take delivery six months behind schedule, Air India would suffer a delay of only four months. Air India officials say that they now expect delivery of the first of these aircraft by the third quarter of next year.

According to AI officials, operations would not be affected, as the carrier has not finalised its schedules for these planes. AI could operate these aircraft for direct flights to the US, Europe or Australia and China.