Dubai International Airport welcomed Air India’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Kochi on Wednesday afternoon with a traditional water salute.
The crew and representatives of the airline were also welcomed at a cake-cutting ceremony at the airport’s Concourse D.
The flight, which is scheduled to operate daily, is Air India’s second Dreamliner service connecting India and Dubai, as the carrier already operates a Dreamliner on the Delhi-Dubai route.
“Operating daily, flight AI 933 will depart from Delhi at 0510 hours and will reach Kochi at 0800 hours. For its onward journey from Kochi, AI 933 will depart at 0915 hours and touch down at Dubai airport at 12pm.
On the return leg, flight AI 934 will depart daily from Dubai at 1330 hours to reach Kochi at 1850 hours. From Kochi AI 934 will become AI 047 departing at 2020 hours to complete its journey landing at Indira Gandhi International airport, New Delhi, at 2320 hours,” the airlines said in a statement.
Air India will also provide an attractive introductory offer including free check-in baggage allowance of 40 kg in the economy class and 50 kg in the business class.
The Dreamliner, introduced by Boeing in 2011, accommodates about 340 people in first or business and economy class segments.
The B787 aircraft was delivered to the airline in November last year.
India’s national carrier is one of the seven airlines that connect Dubai to 19 destinations across India – the emirate’s top destination country with 11.4 million passengers in 2016.
There are on average 78 daily flights between Dubai International Airport and India, or a weekly average of 546 flights.