In a move that may completely stump its rivals, Air India (AI) is considering a proposal to deploy two of its brand new state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners jets for exclusive use on domestic routes such as Delhi-Mumbai.
AI, which has received 21 of the 27 Dreamliners it had ordered in 2005, is the only Indian carrier to have a B787 in its fleet, reports Hindustan Times.
Indian airlines mostly operate narrow body jets such as Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 on domestic routes. These planes have a seating capacity of around 180.
“It could prove to be a gamechanger for the airline. At present, there are no dedicated B787 flights on the domestic sector. They are used only for add-on flights like London-Delhi-Kolkata during the spare time.
Besides Kolkata, the 787s are also deployed for add-on flights to Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai,” an AI official said.