Air India returns to Sydney with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Air India returns to Sydney with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Air India returns to Sydney with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

After years of speculation, the return of Air India after a 16 year hiatus AND the first scheduled, commercial service of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner happened recently. I’d only ever seen the Boeing 787 Dreamliner once, that was in 2009 at the Boeing factory near Seattle when the first few had just rolled off the production line, so when one arrived at Sydney Airport, I had to have a look – unfortunately it was parked right in front of a Qantas 747-400, which made it hard to see and also dwarfed it somewhat!

Air India Boeing 787 set for departure for Melbourne and Delhi
Air India Boeing 787 set for departure for Melbourne and Delhi
Air India operates a daily triangle service between Sydney, Melbourne and Delhi
Air India taxiing while a Qantas 747-400 takes off (I wish I had gotten it all in the shot!)

When it was time for departure, I did get a great view of the taxi and take off of the aircraft. This first service trumped Jetstar, Japan Airlines and Qatar Airways, all purporting to be the first operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Australia. Jetstars first 787 will arrive in Australia in October this year, Japan Airlines will start services between Tokyo and Sydney on the 1st of December and Qatar Airways has still not advised when their services will start to between Doha and Perth.

AI312 departing Sydney
AI312 departing Sydney

Air India last operated into Australia in the 1990’s with Boeing 747’s via Singapore. The airline now operates a daily direct triangle service from Indira Gandhi Airport in Delhi to Sydney-Melbourne-Delhi and Delhi-Melbourne-Sydney-Delhi on alternating days.

Air India Flight AI312 departs from Sydney to Melbourne before heading to Delhi, India
Air India Flight AI312 departs from Sydney to Melbourne before heading to Delhi, India

The airline currently operates eight Boeing 787’s seating 256 passengers in a two class configuration, Business and Economy. The Business Class cabin seats 18 in lie flat seats while Economy seats 238 passengers with a decent seat pitch of 33″/83.8cms.

Air India Boeing 787 Dreamliner departing Sydney
Air India Boeing 787 Dreamliner departing Sydney

Although no way near as exciting as what it must have been like being on board the new Dreamliner on the first flight into Australia for Air India for years, it was thrilling to see the quiet jet, the first scheduled 787, take off into the clear Sydney skies 🙂

I am looking forward to when Jetstar’s first 787 arrives in Australia in a few weeks time, stay tuned as I’ll be getting up nice and close to that celebration!

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. bernii says:

    will the jetstar 787 be reconfig’d when it goes to qf??

    1. freakyflier says:

      Theres no word as yet, but I would expect if it does go to QF it would be reconfigured to the higher standard that a full service premium carrier like Qantas is known for.

      1. bernii says:

        i hope they put in a little self service bar that has billecart salmon bubbles!

  2. Oh I was just talking to the cabin crew on Qantas about the 787! They were saying that that was probably going to replace the 747 400ER for the Dallas to Sydney route!

    1. freakyflier says:

      WOW! Interesting information! I hope you enjoyed the flight Lorraine! I cant wait to read and hear all about it! xx

      > Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2013 10:36:14 +0000 > To: matthewqf@hotmail.com >

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