Air India’s Chairman, Mr Ashwani Lohani, was on hand at the traditional lamp-lighting ceremony at Delhi Airport to celebrate the launch of the carrier’s new thrice-weekly service to Vienna on 6 April. There was also a ribbon to be cut and a cake.
At Vienna Airport the inaugural flight was greeted with a welcome banner and another cake. Welcoming the flight on the apron were: Belina Neumann, Manager of Aviation Marketing, Flughafen Wien AG; Robert Breitenfeld, Aviation Marketing; Flughafen Wien AG; Crew of Air India; and Pankaj Srivastava, Commercial Director and Member of the Board, Air India.
- Air India has made Vienna (VIE) its eighth destination in Europe with the introduction on 6 April of thrice-weekly flights on the 5,544-kilometre route from Delhi (DEL). The Star Alliance carrier will use its 787-8s on the new service which operates on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and faces no direct competition. Norbert Kettner, Director of the Vienna Tourist Boad, said: “This direct flight connection is of major importance for tourism in Vienna. It ensures the ongoing positive development of India as a growth market for tourists coming to Vienna. The number of overnight stays from Indian nationals increased by 61% over the last five years, from 56,000 to 91,000.” Air India already serves seven other destinations in Europe; Birmingham, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Milan Malpensa, Moscow Domodedovo, Paris CDG and Rome Fiumicino. For Vienna, Delhi becomes the eighth destination in Asia served this summer with non-stop flights according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. Austrian Airlines serves Astana, Bangkok, Beijing (also served by Air China), Shanghai and Tokyo, while China Airlines offers direct flights to Taipei, and Korean Air connects to Seoul. See how this route’s fire truck water arch does in this week’s competition.