Air India has commenced direct flights to Italy.
Earlier this month the national carrier welcomed its 14th Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, and has used the fuel-efficient jet to launch a new triangular route between Delhi, Rome and Milan.
The Delhi-Rome-Milan-Delhi route will operate four days a week. Services depart Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport at 1420 every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport at 1905.
The flight then leaves the Italian capital at 2040 before reaching Milan Malpensa Airport at 2200. Finally, the flight will depart Milan at 2330 and get back to Delhi at 1015 the following day.
“By offering direct services to Italy, Air India will be fulfilling a long-standing demand of not only Indians residing in Italy but also the travel and tourism industry,” the airline said in a statement.
“So far, passengers have been changing to other airlines or transiting at international hubs in West Asia. This move will make Air India the only Indian carrier with direct flights to and from Italy.”
Air India will serve the new route using its two-class, 256-seat B787-8 Dreamliner, which offers 18 seats in business class and 238 in economy.