Air India to offer direct non-stop US flights

Washington, July 27:

Air India has taken delivery of its first 777-200LR (Longer Range) Worldliner to become the first India-based operator to offer direct, non-stop flights between the US and India starting August 1.

The first 777 from its order of 68 Boeing jetliners was handed over at a ceremony on Thursday at the Boeing company’s plant in Everett, Washington.

The new plane makes its inaugural flight from Mumbai to New York’s John F Kennedy

International Airport August 1. The airline will receive an additional three 777-200LR Worldliners and three 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes this year.

“Air India is connecting India to the world and is doing so in a manner that combines real economic advantages for the airline and a positive experience for our passengers,” said V Thulasidas, chairman and managing director of Air India.

“Boeing’s 777-200LR is the most technologically advanced passenger aircraft in its class and will enable Air India to fly passengers around the world with direct, non-stop routes.”

Air India’s $11.6 billion order for 68 Boeing jetliners, placed in December 2005, was the largest commercial airplane order in India’s civil aviation history in terms of price.

The order consisted of 23 777s, including eight 777-200LR Worldliners and 15 777-300ERs, and 27 787-8 Dreamliners.