Air India Boeing 787-8 VT-AND the first "dreamliner" to visit Birmingham on Thursday 1 August 2013

Air India Boeing 787-8 "dreamliner" VT-AND was an early evening arrival.... Photo: Ron Kosys

....operating their inaugural flight from Amritsar via Delhi Photo: Robert Jones

.... the first Being 787 "dreamliner" to land at Birmingham Airport

.... touching down on Runway 15

The aircraft rolled passed the Elmdon site.... Photo: Mike Hollick

.... and Birmingham Airport's new Air traffic Control Tower

The "dreamliner" then turned onto Taxiway Charlie....

.... to receive a water cannon salute from Birmingham Airport's

.... new "Striker" Fire fighting vehicles Photos: Laurence Jones

From the other side the salute was a little wetter! - with a strong southerly wind you can see
the wall of water already moving across the apron and the awaiting crowd had a good soaking!

Air India Boeing 787-8 "dreamliner" parked on Stand 42C.... Photo: Mike Hollick

.... at the end of the International Pier

Now the aircraft is on stand Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport, leads out the VIP's....

.... with the cake cutting being performed by Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council,
Rohit Nandan, Chairman of Air India, and Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport
The cake!

All this took place at the rear of the aircraft as the baggage was unloaded

Meanwhile the "Dholl Blasters" provided musical entertainment....

.... and certainly kept the media occupied!

No point having "787" painted on the stand if you don't have a "dreamliner" to park on it!

Time now to have a look on board the Boeing 787 "dreamliner"....

.... the cockpit

Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport is interviewed about the new Air India service
and other developments at the airport by Derek Pedley of ....

.... in the spacious Business Class section of the aircraft

All Economy passengers have a seat back video entertainment system

Time to say goodbye - the return flight was checking in....

.... the inaugural service back to Delhi and onto Amritsar

A big well done and thank you to the team from Birmingham Airport
for organising another very successful launch event!!

Thursday 1 August 2013


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