Chicago-bound passengers from the city were in for a pleasant surprise on Thursday night when there was a change in the aircraft from Boeing 777 to the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the Hyderabad-Delhi sector.

According to an Air India spokesperson, Boeing 777 which regularly operates on the Hyderabad-Delhi-Chicago sector could not arrive here from Delhi due to technical reasons. The B-787 Dreamliner was then pressed into service and the aircraft with full load of 256 passengers was operated for the first time from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here. However, the passengers would fly by a Boeing 777 from Delhi. Air India has so far received six B-787 Dreamliner aircraft which is configured to accommodate 256 seats.