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AI to replace all 8 B-777 aircraft with Dreamliners

Air India is set to replace all its eight Boeing B-777 (LR) aircraft with the help of the US aircraft manufacturer and make the B-787 Dreamliners its workhorse over the next few years.

The announcement by Air India CMD Rohit Nandan came on a day when two of the airline's six Dreamliners resumed commercial operations and operated regular flights from Delhi to Bangalore and Kolkata. While AI-803 made an early morning roundtrip to Bangalore with 156 passengers and crew on board, AI-020 operated to Kolkata in the afternoon.

‘We are replacing all our B-777s with which we have been operating our long-haul flights. We treat the Dreamliners as a game-changer for us as this aircraft will improve our revenues over the years,’ Nandan said.

‘We will either sell or lease them. We are in the market talking to prospective clients but can't disclose anything more as it's a commercial matter.’

‘We are already in discussion with Boeing to help us in this matter (talking to prospective buyers). ... No time limit can be set (for completion of the process of disposing off these aircraft),’ the airline CMD said in reply to questions.
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