On July 18, 2011, I declared that it was unlikely we would see a promised Air India 787 flying non stop between Melbourne and Delhi by October of that year. I was right.
More recently, the Premier (Leader) of the state of Victoria, Australia (capital Melbourne) led a delegation to India where discussion about this proposed service occurred with India’s civil aviation minister. It is now believed a direct Melbourne- New Delhi service will start in 2013.
The airline expects to get their first 787 in May 2012 with seven delivered by March, 2013. It is believed Boeing has agreed to compensate the airline about $500 million dollars for the delay.
Air India are saying their recovery will largely be driven by the use of this plane. I am not fully sure of the connection myself. There are a lot of other things Air India need to do to get their house in order.