NewsVoir | 06 Apr, 2016
National carrier Air India today launched its direct non-stop operations between Delhi and the Music City of Vienna, capital of Austria with the Boeing B787 Dreamliner aircraft. Air India is offering attractive promotional fares on this route in both directions.
The non-stop service on the Delhi-Vienna-Delhi sector will operate three days a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Flight AI-153 will leave Delhi at 1405 hrs to arrive in Vienna at a convenient time of 1845 hrs. The return flight will leave Vienna at 2245 hrs as AI-154 and reach Delhi at 0925 hrs the next morning.
Nestled along the banks of river Danube, the spectacular natural splendor sets Vienna apart. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The city is renowned for its imperial palaces, forts, museums and operas. Rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles, grand buildings, monuments and parks, Vienna has been consistently ranked high amongst the worldâs most livable cities for its Quality of Living. The most important business sectors are trade, scientific and technological services, real estate, manufacturing and tourism. Over 6.5 million tourists visited Vienna in 2015.
This direct flight will meet a long-standing need of Indians in Austria and neighbouring European cities as well as of locals visiting the Indian sub-continent.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ashwani Lohani, Chairman and Managing Director, Air India said that "the new service assumed significance in view of the strong relationship that India and Austria have been sharing in tourism, education, industry, culture etc. The new service will cater to different segments of air travellers." The flight will offer easy connection to over 25 destinations in Europe.
Major tourist attractions include the imperial palaces of the Hofburg and SchÃ¶nbrunn (also home to the world's oldest zoo) and the Riesenrad in the Prater. Cultural highlights include the Burgtheater, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Lipizzaner horses at the spanische Hofreitschule, and the Vienna Boys' Choir. Modern attractions include the Hundertwasserhaus and the United Nations Headquarters. Besides, Vienna has many attractions like the St. Stephens cathedral and square, Graben and the KÃ¤rntner StraÃe are shopping streets and RingstraÃe etc
The flight will be a boost to tourism as well as Air India offers convenient connections from its hub in Delhi to places of interest and tourism like the Taj Mahal, the backwaters and beaches on Kerala and Goa, the majestic and memorable sights in Rajasthan, Puri in Orissa and many more such destinations. This flight has generated a lot of enthusiasm in the Indian Diaspora in Austria.
Air India became the first airline from India to join Star Alliance, the worldâs most prestigious consortium of 27 leading international carriers. This gives Air India a huge opportunity to offer several benefits to passengers like seamless transfers, more frequent flyer mileage points, and access to facilities at over 1000 lounges worldwide. Passengers will further benefit from a wider choice on routes connecting North America, Europe, Asia and Australia via the Indian subcontinent.
About Air India:
Air India occupies a special place in the global and Indian aviation scenario. It pioneered the aviation in India and its history is synonymous with the history of civil aviation in India. Air India is not a mere airline that transports passengers, baggage and cargo. It is a multi-faceted organization. The aviation infrastructure it has created over the years is a testimony of its contribution. Apart from servicing of all its aircraft in-house with its own engineering facilities, Air India also undertakes ground handling services of many airlines in many cities in India. Air India has grown to become a mega international airline with a network of 34 destinations across the USA, Europe, Australia, Far-East and South-East Asia and the Gulf. The airlineâs domestic network covers 54 destinations, including far-flung areas of the North-East, Ladakh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Air India, today, flies one of the youngest, state-of-the-art, fleet of aircraft comprising a mix of the wide-body Boeing B777s, B747s, its latest acquisition- the B787 Dreamliner and the narrow body Airbus A321s, A320s and A319 aircraft. For additional information visit airindia.in and/or follow us on Facebook/airindia and on Twitter - @airindiain.
About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, AviancaBrasil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.