Melbourne Airport welcomes Air India
Aug 30, 2013
Melbourne Airport has today welcomed the arrival of the inaugural flight by Air India, and the first Dreamliner, to Melbourne.
Melbourne Airport CEO, Chris Woodruff, said that the new daily service was a milestone in aviation history.
“We are delighted to welcome Air India to Melbourne Airport”, said Mr Woodruff.
“Since 2006, the Indian population in Victoria has more than doubled to make our great state home to the largest Indian population in Australia. There is growing demand for services between Melbourne and India and this new daily service will deliver more choice and flexibility to Victorians.”
“Melbourne also has the largest population of Indian students in Australia and the new service will also provide opportunities to strengthen connections with the important education market.”
“We were also thrilled to welcome the very first 787 Dreamliner to Melbourne. With components of the 787 partly manufactured here, Melbourne is proudly the home of the Dreamliner in Australia and we look forward to welcoming more 787s to Melbourne,” said Mr Woodruff.
“Victoria is growing and so are we. Over the next 20 years, we’re investing billions of dollars to transform Melbourne Airport for the 64 million passengers we expect to pass through Melbourne Airport by 2030. We’re upgrading facilities, improving road access and building a new terminal, as well as planning a new runway as we aim to become Australia’s premier international aviation gateway.”
The daily 787 service (AI311/312) will be a Melbourne-Delhi direct service four times a week and Melbourne-Sydney-Delhi service three times a week.