Air India Begins A350 Flights To Dubai

Daniel Fowkes
03 May 2024
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 
Air India Airbus A350-900 operating its inaugural international flight into Dubai from Delhi

Air India has launched international flights with its new Airbus A350. Following familiarisation flights across India, the A350’s use on international markets has been several months in the making.

On May 1, 2024, Air India inaugurated the aircraft on the Delhi to Dubai route, which is known as an incredibly busy segment.

Given its popular demand levels, the Delhi to Dubai segment had been previously selected as the inaugural.

Several leading executives, such as the Director General of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, the Consul General of India, and various other CEOs, attended the inaugural event.

Scheduled as AI995, the service will depart Delhi at 2045 and arrive in Dubai at 2245. The return leg is AI996, departing Dubai one hour and 30 minutes later at 0015 and arriving in Delhi at 0455.

As more Airbus A350s are delivered and cleared for international operations, the airline will look to expand its A350 network. The ambition will be to bring the next-generation aircraft to more leading markets worldwide.

Following the deployment of more A350s to destinations, which represents the next era for the airline, they’ll also attempt to adjust the

A New Era For Air India

The Airbus A350 is widely viewed as the beginning of a new era under Tata Group, which purchased the company from the government.

Air India’s Airbus A350 adorns the new revised livery and cabin interior to elevate customers’ overall experience.

Customer satisfaction levels have significantly dropped across the last decade. As a result, Tata Group believed investing in this with major updates to the interior, airport technology, and more was important.

These Airbus A350s seat 316 passengers in three classes: 28 Business Class suites, 24 Premium Economy seats, and 264 in Standard Economy.

Air India Airbus A350-900 Economy Class – Photo: Air India

Ultimately, Air India has an uphill battle to achieve its ambitious targets, which include restoring the pride of Indian customers when stepping aboard the airline. Additionally, the company wants to compete as one of the world’s largest and most respected airlines.

Analysts argue that while Air India can improve its cabin product, achieving stability and good results will take much more than that. These same analysts argue Air India needs to invest in stability across its airports and all relevant experiences.

Customers’ experience starts when they walk through the airport doors, and Air India needs to ensure that it is top-notch.

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