Hyderabad: Air India is set to commence its first ever non-stop service between Hyderabad and London, Heathrow with the first flight arriving from London to Hyderabad on Thursday and departing from Hyderabad to London on Friday.
According to an Air India communiqué, the flight will operate twice a week with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with a capacity of 256 seats including 18 in Business Class and 238 in Economy Class configuration.
The flight from Hyderabad to London will operate twice a week on Mondays and Fridays. On Mondays, the flight AI 147 will depart Hyderabad at 0130 hours to arrive in London at 0730 hours the same day. On Fridays, the flight AI 147 will leave Hyderabad at 0530 hours to arrive in London at 1130 hours the same day (All Local Time/LT).The return flight AI 148 will operate on Sundays and Thursdays departing from London at 0945 hours (LT) to arrive in Hyderabad at 2335 hours (LT) the same day.
The total flight time on this route will be 10 hours and 30 minutes from Hyderabad to London and 9 hours 20 minutes from London to Hyderabad depending on the wind speed and other conditions on that particular day. At present, Air India operates non-stop flights to London from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Amritsar, Kochi, Ahmedabad and Goa.
Air India has been playing a major role in the Government’s Vande Bharat Mission and Air Transport Bubble Arrangement to fly people left stranded due to the air route restrictions back home. So far, Air India has flown over 40 lakh people and the mission is still on.
For more information, passengers can also log on to: www.airindia.in or call toll free number 1860 233 1407, the communiqué added.