Air India starts Swedish services on Indian Independence Day

Air India’s Delhi to Stockholm Arlanda

Gagan Narang, Indian Olympic athlete and Harbhajan Singh, Indian cricketer, were on-hand to light the ceremonial lamp at the inaugural Air India flight from Delhi to Stockholm Arlanda. Significantly the first flight took place on Indian Independence Day – 15 August – with the nation celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.

In Sweden the inauguration of the new Delhi service was marked by: Jonas Abrahamsson, CEO Swedavia; Ann Linde, Trade Minister of Sweden; Monika Kapil Mohta, India’s Ambassador to Sweden; and Pankaj Sravista, Commercial Director, Air India. The route from India will initially operate three times weekly on 787-8s.

  • Air India commenced its ninth European destination on 15 August – significantly launched on the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence Day – with three times weekly services from Delhi (DEL) to Stockholm Arlanda (ARN). The Swedish capital joins the Star Alliance carrier’s existing European operations to London Heathrow, Birmingham, Paris CDG, Frankfurt, Milan Malpensa, Madrid, Rome Fiumicino and Vienna. Facing no direct competition, the 5,581-kilometre sector will be flown by Air India’s 787-8s, which according to ch-aviation’s fleet database, is 25-strong. “Stockholm Arlanda is the fastest growing airport in Scandinavia. We are pleased that Air India has chosen to set up operations in Stockholm and it is also a clear confirmation of our strong growth. Sweden has the largest market in Scandinavia, and demand is increasing for non-stop services to India, especially among business travellers. The new route will also make it more convenient for the growing number of Indian visitors to fly to Stockholm,” said Jonas Abrahamsson, Swedavia President and CEO. Ashwani Lohani, Chairman & MD of Air India said: “We are confident that Air India’s first foray into Scandinavia would add new destinations to trade, commerce and tourism between India and Sweden.” See how Stockholm Arlanda Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world

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