Saturday, September 08, 2012

Dreamliner has landed: Brand new plane, the first of 27 ordered, arrives after 15-hour flight from South Carolina via Germany


 Air India's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner touched down at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here on Saturday, welcomed by the customary water-cannon salute on the tarmac.

The plane, painted in the red and yellow livery of Air India, landed after a 15-hour flight from Boeing's Charleston factory in South Carolina, US, with a 90-minute refuelling stop at Frankfurt.

Captain A.S. Soman landed the aircraft - the first of 27 ordered by Air India - at 5.05 pm. 'It was a very smooth flight. It has a very quiet cabin and there is much less fatigue (for the pilot). It is both a pilot and passenger friendly airplane,' he said.

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