Air India drops Sydney-Melbourne tag flights: non-stop to Delhi

By Chris Chamberlin, May 8 2015

Air India will ditch its domestic tag flights between Sydney and Melbourne to fly non-stop from both cities to Delhi, while at the same time launching a fourth weekly Sydney-Delhi service.

From May 17, Sydney-Delhi services will run on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while Melbourne-Delhi flights will operate on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

But the change isn’t as positive as you’d think: Air India’s Boeing 787s currently fly to both Sydney and Melbourne six times per week – taking the route of either Delhi-Sydney-Melbourne-Delhi or Delhi-Melbourne-Sydney-Delhi.

That currently gives travellers in each city a total of three non-stop flights to Delhi each week along with three indirect flights via the other Australian capital – allowing them to travel with Air India when it suits their own schedule, even if there’s a short domestic transit.

With those tag flights axed, Melbourne drops from six to three weekly Air India flights while Sydney is reduced from six to four Air India services, even with the additional non-stop flight.

Travellers booked on flights affected by these changes will need to contact Air India on 1800 247 463 or their travel agent to discuss their travel plans.

As a member of the Star Alliance, Virgin Australia Velocity members can indirectly earn frequent flyer points on Air India flights – first by earning miles through Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer scheme and then converting those miles to Velocity Points.

Also read: Air India B787 business class review: Melbourne-Delhi

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

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24 Mar 2014

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good - that means Sydney passengers won't have to risk another Air India aborted landing at Essendon instead of Tullamarine!!

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

19 Feb 2014

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Haven't heard of that before! How is this airline even allowed to operate?  I've heard that the 787s are in a state already, not to mention their 77Ls.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

22 Apr 2013

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Oh I heard it was Korean Air, not Air India.

Urban myth? or real?

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

13 Jun 2013

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Think that was about 40 years ago, dg?  I've flown AI 787's lately and yep, one of them was a bit shoddy but the other was as new and shiny as she should be.  Lovely crew, good food, limited movie choice but a small matter.  And Rishi, for maybe 2 months of the year, you're right but it's not AI's fault.  The same issue applies to SQ or any other airlines wanting to land in Delhi over their very short winter period.

Ease up, guys!

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24 Mar 2014

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Straight to Delhi with fingers and toes crossed that the pilot knows where Delhi is!! A bit more risky on the return leg to Sydney - keep your heads down in Newcastle haha

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Aug 2014

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Don't worry at least the pilot won't take you to ISIS territory!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Aug 2014

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Delhi is the worst place to transit in India, goddamn fog delays everything.

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

14 Apr 2013

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With over 20 B787's in there fleet. AI should do a Daliy MEL & SYD serivce driect to Dehli. Come on this is just a joke. 


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