The NSW and Victoria has convinced Air India to fly direct from Delhi to Melbourne and Sydney offering concessions to land at Sydney and Melbourne Airports
Air India will finally commence direct flights from India to Australia using its new fleet of Boeing 787 Dream liners. After a gap of sixteen years, Air India will fly triangular route between Delhi, Sydney and Melbourne on August 29th. For four days a week it will run flights Delhi – Sydney – Melbourne and for the other three days will run between Delhi – Melbourne – Sydney.
If everything goes well , soon travelers will be able to enjoy direct flight from Melbourne and Sydney to Delhi.
Qantas stopped flying to India in May last year when it ditched services between Singapore and Mumbai.
Below is the News Report from airnews.net
After 16 years of service suspension, Air India from 29AUG13 returns to Australia market with Boeing 787 aircraft. Subject to Government Approval, the airline plans to operate 3 weekly Delhi – Melbourne – Sydney – Delhi and 4 weekly in opposite direction, starting 29AUG13. Reservation for Australia service opened on late-Friday 28JUN13 in the GDS (the airline has not yet open reservation on its own website).
Delhi – Sydney – Melbourne – Delhi eff 29AUG13 4 weekly
AI312 DEL1345 – 0630+1SYD0800+1 – 0935+1MEL 788 x357
AI311 SYD0800 – 0935MEL1050 – 1835DEL 788 x146
Delhi – Melbourne – Sydney – Delhi eff 30AUG13 3 weekly
AI312 DEL1300 – 0530+1MEL0700+1 – 0830+1SYD 788 357
AI311 MEL0700 – 0830SYD1000 – 1810DEL 788 146
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.