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Air India’s latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives at Delhi

by Devesh Agarwal

VT-ANN, L/N 90 C/N 36285, the latest Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner of national carrier Air India arrived in to New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport yesterday.

VT-ANN AIC164 flight track. Courtesy FlightAware. Deviations from flight plan route are normally due to weather or ATC.

The aircraft was flown 14 hours 12 minutes, non-stop from Paine Field in Washington state, USA, to Delhi, a distance of over 7,200 nautical miles (about 13,350 km) as Air India flight 164.

The green line shows the actual flight track and the blue dotted line represents the flight plan route. Deviations are normally carried out to avoid bad weather or to take advantage of good weather like tail winds, and also to try and minimise the number of countries the flight flies over. Deviations are also performed on the instructions of air traffic control, they are, after all, the masters of their airspace.

Airlines have to pay over-flight and navigation charges to each country whose air-space they fly in. It appears Air India minimised the charges by flying from the United States, through Canada, Greenland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan to India.

View the flight track and details here.

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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