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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, July 13, 2011.
A file photo of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner - AP.
The first ultra long—haul passenger jet with a capacity to fly about 250 passengers non—stop up to 16,000 km touched down at the IGI airport here on Wednesday.
As the Boeing 787 Dreamliner landed at the airport from the Dwarka side, it was given a water—cannon salute as it taxied to the parking bay, airport sources said.
While Air India has ordered 27 of these planes, Jet Airways has placed orders for ten of them. The aircraft would enable them to mount direct non—stop flights to North America or Australia.
Air India, which had placed the order in 2005, expects the delivery of the first aircraft in October this year, followed by two in November and one more in December. Jet had placed its order in 2007.
However, Boeing officials have only said the first plane would be delivered to Air India in the fourth quarter of this year. The original delivery schedule was to have started in 2008.
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