Air India deploys 787 on long-haul services

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Air India has begun international long-haul operations with its Boeing 787-8 on the New Delhi-Frankfurt route.

India's flag carrier received its first 787 from Charleston on 8 September and two more aircraft have since joined its fleet. These were initially deployed on domestic services and subsequently on the New Delhi-Dubai service.

The aircraft can carry 256 passengers in a two-class configuration, with 18 flat bed seats in business class and 238 seats in the economy. Thales has supplied its Top Series i8000 in-flight entertainment system that comes with audio/video on demand in all classes.

The state-owned carrier has ordered 27 787s powered by the General Electric GEnx-1B. It plans to receive five aircraft in 2012, seven in 2013, five in 2014, six in 2015 and the final three by March 2016.