New Delhi, Oct 12 (UNI) The first Boeing 777-300ER (extended range) was inducted by Air India (AI) today in its fleet.
The aircraft christened Bihar, in keeping with AI's policy of naming B777s after the various states, has a total of 342 seats in three-class configuration -- four first class, 35 executive class and 303 economy class seats.
With the induction of second B777-300ER later this month, these aircraft will be deployed on the Delhi-London-New York and Amritsar-Delhi-London-New York routes.
A total of 15 Boeing 777-300ERs have been ordered by AI. They are part of 68 aircraft ordered by the national carrier in December 2005. The order, considered to be the largest made so far in the civil aviation history of India was for eight B777-200LRs, 15 B777-300ERs, 27 B787-8 Dreamliners and 18 B737-800s.
The first B777, a 777-200LR (longer range) Worldliner aircraft was delivered to AI in July which enabled it to start non-stop services between Mumbai and New York. To date, AI has received 14 Boeing aircraft including three B777-200LRs, one B777-300ER and 10 B737-800s for AI Express, the budget airline subsidiary.
The induction of new has enabled AI to significantly expand and modernise its fleet besides operating flights on several new routes through expansion of the network.