May 21, 2024
Aviation Travel

Air India To Deploy New A350 On Delhi-Dubai Route

Daily Flights From May 1, 2024

Air India will introduce its state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900 passenger aircraft on the bustling Delhi-Dubai route this summer. This move positions Air India as the exclusive carrier offering the A350 service between India and Dubai.

Commencing May 1, 2024, passengers travelling between the short-haul Delhi and Dubai international route will have the opportunity to experience the A350, adorned in its striking new Air India livery.

Operating under flight numbers AI995/996, the aircraft will depart from Delhi daily at 8:45 pm and reach Dubai at 10:45 pm. The return leg from Dubai will take off at 12:15am the next day and arrive in Delhi at 4:55am. All timings are local.

Seats aboard the A350 on the Delhi-Dubai route are now available for booking through Air India’s official website, mobile app, or authorised travel agents.

Air India’s A350 aircraft boasts 28 private suites featuring full-flat beds in Business Class, 24 seats in a dedicated Premium Economy cabin offering enhanced legroom and comfort, and 264 spacious Economy Class seats.

Hi-Tech Entertainment

All seats are equipped with the latest-generation Panasonic eX3 in-flight entertainment system, accompanied by HD screens presenting over 2,200 hours of entertainment content from across the globe.

Earlier this year, Air India initiated the induction of A350s, which have since been utilised for flights within India to facilitate crew familiarisation and ensure regulatory compliance.

The Air India A350 Business Class configuration. Credit: Air India

Air India operates 72 weekly flights to Dubai from five Indian cities, with 32 flights from Delhi alone.

Several of the world’s passenger airlines, including FlyDubai, use the A350, a feat of modern aviation engineering that blends cutting-edge technology with unparalleled passenger comfort and environmental efficiency.

Introduced in December 2014, the A350 is Airbus’s response to the growing demand for long-range, fuel-efficient aircraft capable of easily connecting distant destinations.

Composite Materials

At the core of the A350’s design is its innovative use of composite materials, such as carbon fibre-reinforced polymer, which significantly reduce the aircraft’s weight while enhancing its structural integrity.

This lightweight construction, advanced aerodynamics, and state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines allow the A350 to achieve remarkable fuel efficiency, consuming up to 25% less fuel per seat than previous-generation aircraft.

The Air India A350 Premium Economy configuration. Credit: Air India

Passengers aboard an A350 are treated to an unmatched travel experience thanks to its spacious cabin layout and advanced amenities. The aircraft’s wide fuselage enables airlines to configure seating arrangements prioritising passenger comfort and convenience.

From luxurious lie-flat beds in Business Class to extra legroom in Premium Economy and ergonomic seating in Economy Class, the A350 offers a tailored experience for every traveller.

Passenger Well-Being

Moreover, the A350’s cabin is designed with passenger well-being in mind, featuring enhanced air quality systems, advanced mood lighting, and lower cabin altitude to reduce fatigue and jet lag during long-haul flights.

State-of-the-art in-flight entertainment systems, including high-definition touchscreens and extensive content libraries, ensure that passengers remain entertained throughout their journey.

The Air India A350 Economy configuration. Credit: Air India

Beyond its passenger-centric features, the Airbus A350 is also lauded for its environmental credentials. With reduced emissions and noise levels compared to its predecessors, the A350 is a greener alternative for airlines seeking to minimise their carbon footprint and comply with increasingly stringent environmental regulations.

In addition to its commercial success, the Airbus A350 has proven to be a versatile platform, serving a wide range of missions, including long-haul flights, regional routes, and even ultra-long-range operations with the extended-range A350-900ULR variant.

Its flexibility and efficiency have made it a popular choice among airlines worldwide, cementing its status as a true icon of modern aviation.

Air India History

Founded by the visionary JRD Tata, Air India has been at the forefront of India’s aviation sector. Air India has established a vast domestic network since its maiden flight on October 15, 1932. It offers non-stop flights to numerous global destinations, including the United States, Canada, the UK, Europe, the Far East, South East Asia, Australia, and the Arabian Gulf.

Following 69 years as a government-owned entity, Air India and Air India Express rejoined the Tata group in January 2022.

Currently undergoing a transformative journey over five years under the banner of Vihaan.AI, Air India aims to emerge as a world-class airline with an Indian essence. The initial phase, dubbed the ‘taxi phase,’ focuses on foundational improvements, including reintroducing long-grounded aircraft, talent acquisition across flying and ground operations, rapid technological upgrades, and bolstering customer care initiatives.

The airline is a member of Star Alliance, the largest global airline consortium.

Featured image: The all-new Air India Airbus A350-900 aircraft set for the short-haul international route between Delhi and Dubai from May 1, 2024. Credit: Air India

    Arnold Pinto

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