Air India to start Delhi–Rome/Milan flights from June 2014

In its classic manner, Air India is putting out a new flight between Delhi and Rome/Milan from June 6, 2014 but there is no marketing or the mention of this flight on their website, yet. You can’t even look up the route on Air India’s own website.

As per, Air India is returning to Italy as of June 2014. The flight will do a triangular routing, just like their Australia segments between Melbourne/Sydney, and the schedule will be as following:

AI123 DEL1420 – 1930MXP2100 – 2210FCO 788 246
AI122 MXP2100 – 2210FCO2335 – 1015+1DEL 788 246

AI123 DEL1420 – 1905FCO2040 – 2200MXP 788 x246
AI122 FCO2040 – 2200MXP2330 – 1015+1DEL 788 x246

It is a very interesting development from two perspectives.

  • Jet Airways had pulled out from Delhi Milan last year, stating losses on the route. They operated this route with an Airbus A330-200 plane.
  • The Boeing 787 helps operate long and thin routes, so that may be the difference for Air India, but they are selling tickets at INR 39000 on this route at the moment, and it totally beats me how will they make money at this price.

However, the good news for you as passengers is, the rock bottom fares on this route at INR 39000. You can further add coupon codes etc. to make it further cheaper. Take for instance this fare quote on Cleartrip:


Now here is to hoping this route works out for Air India, unlike how it did not work out for Jet Airways. While I’d expect a double miles offer on this route, at this moment, nothing is certain.

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  1. Hi
    We are looking to travel Melbourne Dehli Rome and then have a stop over in Delhi for one week on our return flight. We hope to leave around Saturday 6 DEcember 2014. We hope to be back in Melbourne about 5 weeks overall.

    Plesae let us know your price and duaration of flights,
    Thanks Jane

  2. good start.I live in Rome,here somany indians living.Fist impression is the best imprssion,earlier we had so many bad experience,this time please make sure everything is all right.

  3. Hope that this works out for them! Isn’t China Airlines the only one with the Fifth Freedom route on this sector? AI would have arguably a better product than them!
    Plus, looking at that timetable, the aircraft utilisation seems pretty heavy, way to go AI !
    Now wish they’d stock more 787s at BOM too…

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