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Photos and Videos: Air India’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner cabin interiors revealed

At the India Aviation 2012 show in Hyderabad, Boeing finally unveiled the interiors of its 787-8 Dreamliner meant for delivery to Air India today. Bangalore Aviation was one of the first publications to be invited on board the long awaited aircraft. Line Number 35, test registered N1015B, which when delivered to Air India will become VT-ANH.

This video is a quick video walk through. We have focussed more on the economy class section as this is the bulk of passengers that Air India will carry. Photos of the business class cabin follow below the fold.

The business class cabin in a six abreast 2-2-2 configuration, but unlike competitors who offer a “lay-flat” seat, Air India gives its premium passengers full flat seats with a whopping 78 seat pitch.Air_India_787_Dreamliner_Business_Class_Full_Flat

The in-flight entertainment system (IFES) is from Thales with generous video screens.Air_India_787_Dreamliner_Business_Class_IFES

There is in-seat power and USB connections allowing passengers to connect their own personal digital devices like iPod and iPhone a view personal content.

What is impressive that all economy class seats also feature the same in-seat power and USB connections, one for each seat.Air_India_787_Dreamliner_Business_Class_In-seat_power_USB

In economy the USB is in the seat-back while the in-seat power is below the seat. One power connection for each seat. No sharing.Air_India_787_Dreamliner_Economy_Class_IFES

The economy class is a much more tightly packed nine abreast 3-3-3 configuration with seat widths of only about 17.5~17.8 inch widths with pitch of 32 inches. We cannot understand why Air India did not choose the more comfortable eight abreast configuration like launch customer All Nippon Airways.Air_India_787_Dreamliner_Economy_Class_Cabin

The narrow seats with longer seat pitch reminds of Boeing 737 configurations. Observe the electronic window dimming control. Each window in the background is at one of five different settings available.Air_India_787_Dreamliner_Economy_Class_Pitch

The 787 features huge overhead bins. As long as passengers put their bags correctly, space should not be a problem. In this photo, four of the standard 22 inch carry-on “strolley” bags are placed side by side.Air_India_787_Dreamliner_Large_Overhead_bins

The aircraft features the Boeing Sky Interior with the mood lighting.Air_India_787_Dreamliner_Economy_Class_Sky_Interior

The new electronic window dimming system is displayed in this photo. Each window is at a different level of control, also see the size of the windows.Air_India_787_Dreamliner_Electronic_Window_Dimming

This video demonstrates the dim-bright control on the new windows.

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About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.
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