by Devesh Agarwal
After many a false start, it appears national carrier Air India is scheduled to commence its Australia service at the end of August. The airline will use its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners to operate the route.
A schedule for a triangular service between Delhi, Sydney and Melbourne has been loaded in to global distribution systems, but inexplicably, the airline has not loaded the schedule in to its own website reservation system.
It also appears the airline will not offer a London to Sydney “Kangaroo Route” service. While there is a connection from the London to Delhi 777-300ER flight which arrives around 10:40 in the morning, on the return the last flight from Delhi to London departs at 14:05 about four hours before the Australia flights arrive. The next flight to London is only at 05:00 the next morning.
The flight duration to Sydney will be about 12h15m while Melbourne will be about 12 hours. The return flights would be about 30 minutes longer.
Effective 29 August 2013
- AI312 departs Delhi 13:45 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Saturday, arrives Sydney 06:30 next morning.
- AI311 departs Sydney 08:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, arrives Melbourne 09:35. Departs Melbourne 10:50 arrives Delhi 18:35
- AI312 departs Delhi 13:00 on Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, arrives Melbourne 05:30 next morning.
- AI311 departs Melbourne 07:00 on Monday, Thursday, Saturday, arrives Sydney 08:30. Departs Sydney 10:00 arrives Delhi 18:10
These schedules are subject to government approvals.
As per website Airlineroute.net
Air India last operated service to Sydney in January 1991 with 1 weekly Delhi – Singapore – Sydney on board Boeing 747; Melbourne last served in April 1981. Perth was served until June 1997.