Monday, February 28, 2011

Air India Extends State-of-the-Art B777 to all Long Haul Destinations

Air India has been one of the few airlines inducting new aircraft regularly. With more than half of the fleet now comprising new aircraft, it has given the airline an opportunity to rework its Winter Schedule in such a manner as to provide passengers with a product that matches the best in the industry, both on international and domestic sectors. Of the 111 new aircraft on order, Air India has received and inducted 64 aircraft so far. This includes nine B777-300ER, eight B777-200LR, 15 each of A321 and A319 aircraft, besides 17 B737-800 aircraft for Air India Express.
Air India will deploy the B777 to all its seven West-bound destinations and one to Tokyo. Presently, the comfort and luxury of the state-of-the-art B777s is available on Air India flights to New York, Chicago, Frankfurt and London. The same high quality product will be now be extended to Newark, Paris, Toronto and Tokyo, thus ensuring a consistent and superior product on long haul destinations in the USA, Europe, Canada and to Tokyo.

Air India's deployment of the new B777-200LR aircraft for its NonStop service from Delhi/Mumbai to New York, created a new benchmark in travel on the Indo-US sector. Besides providing speed, comfort and better connectivity, the B777s, which are specially designed for long haul travel, offer several features that make long-haul travel more comfortable and enjoyable.

  • While the B777 300-ER has a total of 342 seats in three-class configuration of four First Class, 35 Executive Class and 303 Economy Class seats, the B777-200LR has a capacity of 238 seats, with eight seats in First Class, 35 in Executive Class and 195 in Economy Class.
  • Each First Class seat in B777-300ER is an individual cabin by itself, offering the premium traveller luxury, privacy and comfort. The seat is 23 inches wide with a pitch of 80 inches and converts into a 31 inches full flat bed. The seat offers lumbar support, a massage system, stowage compartments and adjustable reading light on the seat shell. The 19.5 inches wide Executive Class seat with a pitch of 76 inches, transforms into a 26.5 inches full flat bed. The Economy Class seats, too, are comfortable with 18 inches wide seats, with a pitch of 33 inches. The seats have a roller type therapeutic leg rest for added comfort.

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