Air India will begin offering direct services to Italy from June. According to airlineroute.net, the carrier will operate a four times weekly Delhi–Rome–Milan Malpensa–Delhi triangle service, and three weekly operations in the opposite direction – all using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Italy is home to the second-largest Indian community in Europe, after the UK. Official figures indicate that there are around 140,000 Indian nationals based in Italy, with the majority residing in Rome, Milan and Turin.
AI123 DEL 1420 – 1930 MXP 2100 – 2210 FCO
AI122 MXP 2100 – 2210 FCO 2335 – 1015+1DEL
AI123 DEL 1420 – 1905 FCO 2040 – 2200 MXP
AI122 FCO 2040 – 2200 MXP 2330 – 1015+1 DEL
DEL = Delhi, MXP = Milan Malpensa, FCO = Rome
Air India will compete with the likes of Alitalia, China Airlines and Jet Airways who all offer direct services between India and Italy. As the carrier will operate the services with the B787, it will offer 256 seats in a two-class configuration, with 18 flat bed seats in business class, and 238 standard seats in economy.
It is not known if passengers can take advantage of Air India’s triangle service by purchasing fares between Rome and Milan Malpensa. The ability to sell tickets between destinations in Italy is subject to approval by the country’s government.
For more information, visit www.airindia.com