Ahead of its first 787 delivery to the country, Boeing India President Dinesh Keskar said yesterday that it plans to invest $100 million in a maintenance unit in Nagpur in central India to support the incoming aircraft, Reuters reports.
The Nagpur MRO should be up and running in two-and-a-half years, in time to support 787s ordered by Indian carriers, Keskar said. The facility also would maintain 777 aircraft.
The 787 Dreamliner achieved initial airworthiness on Jan. 15. [Photo credit: Boeing]
Boeing expects to deliver Air India's first 787 by the second quarter of 2011, the Reuters report says. This will be the first Dreamliner in service in India.
Air India has 27 787s on order, and Jet Airways has 10 787s on order, according to AVIATION WEEK's World Aerospace Database.
Indian carriers also operate nearly 30 777s, with nine more to join their number. Air India operates one 777-200, three 777-200ERs, eight 777-200LRs and nine 777-300ERs; it has six more 777-300ERs on order. Jet Airways operates six 777-300ERs and has three more on order.