The delivery of Air India’s first Boeing 787, also known as the Dreamliner, has been abruptly delayed. It was originally scheduled for the end of May (see story here) but it is now indefinitely postponed.

As reported by AIN Online, the delivery ceremony planned for between May 28 and 31 was cancelled just four days earlier. The arrival of the Dreamliner was intended to be the first of 27 ordered by the airline.

Business Traveller contacted Air India’s office in Mumbai and a spokesperson denied that deliveries were cancelled, but acknowledged “there has been a delay”. When asked about the reasons for the delay, he declined to comment, adding that “the [new] date of arrival will be announced by the airline shortly.”

This development comes at a difficult time for the struggling national carrier, which has suffered huge financial losses due to a lengthy pilot strike (see story here) and debilitating Indian aviation taxes.

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Alex Andersson