Air India’s Delhi to Madrid
At Delhi Airport there was a traditional lamp-lighting ceremony to mark the start of the new three times weekly service to Madrid by Air India, the airline’s first non-stop service to Spain. There was also a cake.
Air India used its Star Alliance branded 787-8 on the inaugural service to Madrid, which is the main base for oneworld member Iberia. There was another cake to celebrate the new route and a chance for the flight and cabin crew to pose for a commemorative photo.
- Air India enhanced its European network with the launch on 1 December of a three times weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) service between Delhi (DEL) and Madrid (MAD). The 7,252-kilometre route will be flown by the Star Alliance carrier’s 256-seat 787-8s and faces no competition. This is Air India’s first service to Spain and the first non-stop scheduled service by any airline for many years between arguably the world’s greatest football playing nation and the world’s greatest cricket playing nation. The other European destinations served this winter non-stop from Delhi by Air India are Birmingham, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Moscow, Paris, Rome and Vienna. All of these are served by the airline’s fleet of 787-8s, of which it now has 22, the most recent of which was delivered last month. A further five 787-8s are yet to be delivered. See this route launch’s fire truck water arch in our weekly Arch of Triumph competition.