Indian carrier Air India is all set to resume domestic operations of the reinstated Boeing 787 Dreamliner from May 15, 2013, as well as one international operation by May 22, 2013. Reports state that the first flight will be between Delhi and Bangalore, while the second will be between Delhi and Kolkata.
The airline received the final worthiness certificate from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation on May 8, 2013. One of the airline’s Dreamliners was modified by the Boeing team, currently in the country to install a new set of battery systems after it was approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration.
Ajit Singh, the Civil Aviation Minister said, “The first commercial flight of the Dreamliner will start tomorrow. Out of six (787 Dreamliners), two have been already modified and all operational regulatory requirements have been complied with”. Singh also went on to say that the remaining Dreamliners will become operational by the end of May 2013 and airline will also receive a traditional eight 787s from the US-based manufacturer by the end of 2013.
Back in 2006, the carrier had booked 27 Boeing 787s in a major deal. The country is supposed to get five more air crafts by 2014, six by 2015 and three in 2016.