The Straits Times
Published on Sep 09, 2012

Dreamliner touches down in India after 4-year wait


NEW DELHI (AFP) - Boeing's 787 Dreamliner landed in New Delhi on Saturday, ending a four-year wait by struggling national carrier Air India to add the next-generation jet to its fleet.

The plane, painted in the red and yellow livery of Air India, was given a water-cannon salute as it taxied down the runway. A small religious ceremony was also conducted to welcome the aircraft, the Press Trust of India reported.

The Dreamliner took 15 hours of flying time from Boeing's Charleston factory in South Carolina to Delhi, plus a 90-minute stopover at Frankfurt for re-fuelling, the commander of the aircraft, Captain A.S. Soman, said.

"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," Captain Soman said.