Lalit K Jha
Washington: A new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft — which is to be delivered to Air India — has successfully completed its first test flight in South Carolina, the plane manufacturing company has said.
“The airplane will now be flown to Texas to be painted with Air India’s livery before returning to Boeing’s South Carolina plant for a mid-2012 delivery,” an official statement said.
This is the first Dreamliner built in Boeing’s South Carolina plant.
Test pilots Tim Berg and Randy Neville flew the plane successfully during the five-hour test flight.
More than 5,000 Boeing employees watched a live broadcast of the aircraft as it took off from Charleston International Airport.
“This is a proud moment for our Boeing South Carolina team and for Boeing,” said Jack Jones, vice president and general manager, Boeing South Carolina.
“In April, we gathered on the flight line to watch this plane roll out of final assembly. Today, we watched as this aircraft successfully completed its first production flight — one step closer to delivering our first South Carolina-built 787 Dreamliner to our customer,” Jones said.
AI introduces interim schedule
Due to the continued agitation of the Indian Pilots Guild pilots, Air India has drawn an interim schedule from June 02 to 30, 2012.
Under the interim schedule, Air India will operate 38 international flights per day instead of 45 international flights that it operates under normal conditions. All flights to UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Singapore, Thailand and SAARC countries are being operated as per normal schedule. The only destinations not covered under the interim schedule are Hong Kong, Osaka, Seoul and Toronto.