(En route to Sydney when writing.)

Air India is one of three airlines offering nonstop flights between South Asia and Australia. It joins SriLankan and Qantas, the latter launched Sydney-Bengaluru in mid-September. Air India has served Australia for over nine years and now has 2 daily flights. There’s a 1 daily operation from Delhi, its main hub, with routes to both Sydney and Melbourne.


Air India to Australia

India’s flag carrier launched flights Down Under in August 2013, with Sydney and Melbourne both served. It operated triangularly: Delhi-Melbourne-Sydney-Delhi and Delhi-Sydney-Melbourne-Delhi. Both were de-tagged in 2016, and each operated on a standalone basis.

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The current schedule is as follows, with all times local:

  • Delhi to Sydney: AI302, 14:15-08:10+1 (12h 25m)
  • Delhi to Melbourne: AI308, 14:20-08:00+1 (12h 10m)
  • Sydney to Delhi: AI301, 10:15-17:40 (12h 55m)
  • Melbourne to Delhi: AI309, 10:45-18:10 (12h 55m)

Both routes use 256-seat 787-8s, just as they have throughout the past ten years. This is Air India’s second-smallest widebody, behind only the 777-200LR, and its least premium widebody. They have no first class seats, while there are 18 seats in business (against 35 for the 777) and 238 in economy.

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