Boeing to Deliver Dreamliner to Air India by December

Bangalore: Boeing Co. said Wednesday it will deliver the first of the 27 Dreamliner aircraft ordered by national carrier Air India in the October-December quarter, a delay of nearly two years from the original schedule of late 2009.
Air India ordered the Dreamliners as part of a $15 billion 111-aircraft order to Boeing and its rival Airbus in 2005. According to the initial delivery schedule, Air India should have received 20 Dreamliners by now and is estimated to have lost 60 billion rupees ($1.32 billion) in revenue due to the delays, an executive at the airline said recently.
Dinesh Keskar, Boeing India’s president, declined to comment on the compensation the U.S. company may have to pay to Air India due to the delay in deliveries.
Boeing had on Jan. 18 said it now plans to deliver its first Dreamliner sometime in the third quarter of this year to Japan’s All Nippon Airways Co. The Dreamliner program is already three years behind schedule, after being pushed back several times due to various technical issues.
09/02/11 Santanu Choudhury/Wall Street Journal

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