Air India gets first Dreamliner
| Saturday, Apr 28 2012 12:26PM IST
Wahington: The first among the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft for Air India will be assembled in South Carolina, sate governed by Indian American Nikki Haley, has inaugurated the assembly among huge fan following.The airplane will go through the flight line, where it will go through the systems checks and engine runs in advance of taxi testing and first flight. The airplane remains on schedule for delivery to Air India in mid-2012."We'll celebrate today, and tomorrow we begin the process of getting the airplane ready for delivery to our Air India customer, " said Jack Jones, Boeing South Carolina vice-president and general manager.The aircraft for Air India is the first completed at the $750 million plant that opened last year.Jones said, â€œsale of the first four of the South Carolina aircraft to Air India has nothing to do with Haley, who was born Nikki Nimrata Randhawa to Sikh immigrant parents from India.â€ "That was just the way it worked out.""This is a proud moment for Boeing as we roll out an airplane from our third final assembly site, " said Jim Albaugh, president and chief executive officer, Commercial Airplanes.By the end of 2013, the plant should be producing about three-and-a-half of the speedy, light aircraft made half of composite material of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic."It's the fastest-selling plane going into production that Boeing has ever had, " Jones said noting the company already has 854 orders from 59 customers.