Business Traveller (India)

Air India has taken delivery of new dreamliner


Air India has bought a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, making it the 21st of its kind in the fleet. The company has placed an order for a total of 27 B787-8 Dreamliner­s, all of which will have a two-class layout with 256 seats — 18 in business class and 238 in economy.

After the arrival of this aircraft the fleet size is now 103, and consists of 62 singleaisl­e and 41 twin-aisle Boeing aircrafts.

The company has ordered three more B77-300ER’s and 30 Airbus A320, including 14 fuel-efficient A320neo.

an axillary of the Indian Railways now allows passengers to switch their wait-listed train tickets for flight tickets, for a minimal fee. With this, the IRCTC earns an additional income, in the form of a commission, by airlines for making the sale. The IRCTC currently handles the tourism, online ticketing operations and catering of the Indian Railways.

Sandip Dutta, the public relations officer of the IRCTC said, “IRCTC will provide cheaper [air] tickets than the prevailing spot rates. For instance, if a Delhi-Mumbai one-way [air] ticket costs `6,000`7,000, passengers with wait-listed [train] tickets will have to pay a lower fare of about `4500-5,000.”

IRCTC has already tied up with low budget airline GoAir owned by the Wadia Group, and has opened dialogue with the recently resuscitat­ed SpiceJet.

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