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July 23, 2014 Aviation No Comments Email Email

National carrier Air India has launched direct non-stop operations between Delhi and Moscow, the Russian capital and Europe’s second largest city, on 18th July 2014, with the B787 Dreamliner aircraft. Air India is offering attractive promotional fares on this route in both directions.

ImperialQueensParkThe non-stop service on the Delhi-Moscow-Delhi sector will operate four days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Flight AI-155 will leave Delhi at 0155 hrs to arrive in Moscow at a very convenient time of 0615 hrs early in the morning. The return flight will leave Moscow at 0820 hrs as AI-154 and reach Delhi in the afternoon at 1530 hrs.

A long-standing need of Indians settled in Russia as well as of Russian locals visiting the Indian sub-continent, has now been met with the resumption of this service, which had been suspended 15 years ago due to operational reasons. The decision to resume operations came close on the heels of the recent meeting between the Prime Minister of India and the President of Russia.

To mark the resumption of services, a function was held at Domodedovo  International Airport (DME), Moscow, which was attended by  the members of the Federal Assembly of Russia, State Duma, Mr Dorokhin Pavel Viktor, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma’s Committee on Industry, H. E  Mr P S Raghavan, the Ambassador of India to Russia, and Director of DME Airport Authority, among others.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Rohit Nandan, Chairman and Managing Director, Air India said that the new service assumed significance in view of the strong relationship that India and Russia have shared for the last 60 years in tourism, education, industry, culture etc. The new service will cater to different segments of air travellers. Presently, about 10,000 people travel between the two countries every month including a large number of Government of India officials. The flight will serve Indians travelling to St Petersburg as well as the over 1000 Indian students in Russia.

Moscow is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world and the second most populous city in Europe. Air India is in dialogue with other carriers of Russia to provide services from other cities of Russia to India. Also, once the Air India service becomes financially stable, Air India will examine connecting other cities in Russia.

The flight will be a boost to tourism as well. Air India offers convenient connections from its hub in Delhi to places of interest and tourism like the Taj Mahal, the backwaters and beaches on Kerala and Goa, the majestic and memorable sights  in Rajasthan, Puri in Orissa and many more such destinations. This flight has generated a lot of enthusiasm in the Indian Diaspora in Russia.

Incidentally, on 11th July 2014, Air India became the first airline from India to join  Star Alliance, the world’s most prestigious consortium of 27 leading international carriers. This gives Air India a huge opportunity to offer several benefits to passengers like seamless transfers, more frequent flyer mileage points, and access to facilities at over 1000 lounges worldwide. Passengers will further benefit from a wider choice on routes connecting North America, Europe, Asia and Australia via the Indian subcontinent.

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