Air India to get first B-787 in April 2011

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New Delhi, Feb. 25

Air India will get its first Boeing 787 in April next year and the delivery of all 27 aircraft will be completed by second quarter of 2014, the Economic Survey states.

The Survey, which was tabled in Parliament by the Union Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, here on Thursday states that signs of recovery in the number of domestic flyers became visible in the second part of 2009. During 2008 the sector had shown signs of slowdown in passenger traffic due to a steep rise in fuel costs coupled with impact of global economic slowdown.

The Survey says that scheduled domestic passenger traffic increased to 43.3 million during 2009 from 40.8 million in the previous year.

The document points out that the development work in Delhi airport is likely to be completed this year and the work in Mumbai by 2012 at an estimated cost of Rs 20,000 crore. The Chennai airport modernisation is to be completed by May this year while work in Kolkata is to be completed by January next year.

The Directorate-General of Civil Aviation has started monitoring tariffs of scheduled domestic airlines with a group being constituted of tariff analysts who carry out analysis of fares on major routes on daily basis, the Survey adds.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated February 26, 2010)
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