Birmingham Airport welcomed the first visit of an Air India’s Boeing 787-8 ‘Dreamliner’ last night (1st Aug) as it operated its inaugural service from Amritsar and Delhi.
The new service now operates four times weekly each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving from Amritsar and Delhi into Birmingham at 18:00 and departing to Delhi and Amritsar from Birmingham at 21:30.
The 256 seat B787-8 series aircraft has a split cabin, consisting of 18 business class and 238 economy seats. Birmingham is only the second UK airport to operate dedicated Boeing 787 scheduled services.
Welcoming the inaugural flight, the Airport’s CEO, Paul Kehoe, said: “We are delighted to welcome this new service into Birmingham and to now offer regular scheduled services to Delhi and Amritsar on the fantastic Dreamliner aircraft. Air India has responded to the enormous demand that lies in our catchment and we thank all the support received from the City, and indeed the region, to secure these direct flights.”
According to FDI Markets, the West Midlands receives more foreign direct investment from India than any other region outside London. Globally, the UK is the third largest recipient of Indian investment, behind only the UAE and the USA.
The Chairman of Air India, Rohit Nandan, flew in on the inaugural service and was welcomed by a delegation of Midlands’ VIPs, including Sir Albert Bore, the Leader of Birmingham City Council and Mr Sri VS Ramalingam, the Consul General for India in Birmingham.