Sunday, January 12, 2020

Faster and efficient: AI flies Dreamliner for Delhi-Washington direct

New Delhi: The only non-stop flight between Delhi and Washington has just got quicker. Air India has shaved off over 15 minutes from its direct flight between the two capitals that usually has a flying time of up to 16 hours.
The airline started using its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on this route instead of the Boeing 777s, which has been in uses for direct routes between India and US for over decade.
“This is a faster aircraft (than the B777). Our Delhi-Washington route is possibly the longest non-stop for this version of the Dreamliner (B787-8) and consumes 50 tons of fuel less on each flight than the bigger B777 used earlier on this route,” said an AI official. The first non-stop on Delhi-Washington route using the Dreamliner was this Wednesday (January 8).

AI’s Delhi-Washington thrice weekly, the only direct flight on this route, usually has fewer paying passengers than its other US non-stops to Chicago, New York, Newark and San Francisco (SFO). So it decided to use the 256-seater B787-8.

“While going to Washington, we can take only up to 220 passengers due to load penalty (meaning carry lesser passengers, cargo and more fuel for the journey within the maximum take off weight of an aircraft). Still the fuel saving of 50 tons per flight makes it a more viable option for us. On the way back to India, we can carry full load of passengers,” said an AI official.
11/01/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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