Boeing delivers first 787 to Air India

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Air India celebrated the arrival of the airline's first 787 Dreamliner Thursday.

The delivery is the first of 27 Dreamliners for Air India, equipped with 18 business class seats and 238 economy class seats.

"We are pleased to celebrate another historic moment in our nearly seven-decade long relationship," said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "I am sure Air India and their customers will be thrilled to experience the revolutionary features on the 787, an airplane that will be the key focus of the airline's turnaround plan."

Air India is the fifth airline in the world to receive the 787 Dreamliner.{}

This dreamliner was assembled in Everett, Washington and delivered{}Thursday from Boeing's South Carolina delivery center.