Air India resumes direct flights to Australia after 16 years
SYDNEY (AFP) - An Air India Dreamliner touched down in Australia on Friday, marking the resumption of direct flights by the carrier after a 16-year gap as it seeks to tap a potentially lucrative market.
Air India's country manager Ravi Bodade said he is confident of regularly filling the daily services that also go via Melbourne on the 256-seat Boeing 787-880 Dreamliner planes.
"It is a state-of-the-art aircraft, and we have a large Indian diaspora here - there is a huge student community and we are confident of filling up the aircraft," he said.
According to Sydney Airport, India has been Australia's largest unserved market, with 140,000 passengers last year travelling between New Delhi and Sydney via Asian hubs.