Air India’s Delhi to Sydney and Melbourne
With the Sydney skyline bristling in the distance, Air India started the first commercial flights to Australia with the 787 on 29 August. Pictured with the cake are (left to right): Koala One; Senator the Honourable Matt Thistlethwaite, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport; Rohit Nandan, Air India Chairman and Managing Director; Kerrie Mather, Sydney Airport CEO; Mr. Andrew McEvoy, Tourism Australia Managing Director; Sandra Chipchase, Destination NSW CEO; Koala Two. Images courtesy of James Morgan.
- Air India began its assault on the India to Australia market (and potentially the lucrative ‘kangaroo route’ from Europe too), when it began the only direct flights between the two countries, starting Delhi (DEL) to Sydney (SYD) and Melbourne (MEL) on 29 August. The 787-operated service touched down at Sydney first, before continuing on to Melbourne, and then returning from the Victoria state capital to Delhi — it will fly this routing from the Indian capital four times weekly. In addition, the non-aligned carrier will fly Delhi-Melbourne-Sydney-Delhi thrice-weekly (Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays). Take a look to see how Sydney Airport’s fire truck water arch (FTWA) performed in the inaugural FTWA scoring feature – launched this week by anna.aero.
Second stop on the Air India Oz inaugural tour from its Delhi hub was Melbourne, the Victoria state capital and second most populous city in Australia. Joining hands in celebration are (left to right): Acting Indian Consul General, Raj Kumar; CEO Tourism Victoria, Leigh Harry; Air India representative; CEO Melbourne Airport, Chris Woodruff; Joint Managing Director Air India, Syed Nasir Ali.