Air India lands in Australia in style after two decades
Air India launched its service between Australia and India with its state-of-the-art Dreamliner aircraft. The first flight on the Sydney – Melbourne – Delhi route took place on August 30, 2013. A grand launch was organised in Sydney to celebrate this historic event on the evening of 30th August 2013 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney.
The airline has commenced non-stop, direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Delhi. It will be the first airline to fly the new Boeing-787 Dreamliner into Australia.
Mr Rohit Nandan, Chairman and Managing Director of Air India arrived in Sydney on board the first flight from Delhi accompanied by senior officials of Air India and the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt of India.
The launch function was attended by almost 400 distinguished guests from Air India, Sydney Airport, Destination NSW, NSW Government, High Commission of India, The Indian Consulate, business leaders, community leaders and the media.
Mr. Deepak Brara, Commercial Director, Air India warmly welcomed the guests at the launch dinner and invited the audience to try out the new B787 Dreamliner when travelling to India next.
The Chairman of Sydney Airport, Mr. Max Moore-Wilton, AC welcomed Air India in his speech and looked forward to a strong partnership in future years.
The High Commissioner of India to Australia, H.E Biren Nanda also welcomed Air India to Australia in his speech and said that he looked forward to strengthening the people to people links and the bilateral relationship between the two countries, with Air India’s direct services.
The new direct service was secured with the support of NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, Destination NSW, Tourism Australia and Delhi Airport.
The Hon Lisa Singh, Senator for Tasmania represented the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Anthony Albanese MP. In her speech she said that Air India’s direct flight services are a great step towards progressing the Australia- India bilateral relationship.
Mr. Ravi Bodade, Manager Air India, Australia was very appreciative of the strong attendance at the launch event held in Sydney.
Also seen above Air India's awesome crew, joint MD Mr. Nasir Ali and Delhi Airport's CEO Mr. I Prabhakara Rao
Air India’s new service will be operating daily on a triangular route connecting both Sydney and Melbourne