After nearly a decade after the last Australia-India trip in 2012, Qantas launched its first commercial route to India on December 6, 2021.
QF67 took off from Sydney just after 6:00 a.m. local time and will arrive in Delhi after a 15-hour trip.
QF 67 departed Sydney Kingsfordsmith International Airport (SYD) at 06:15 local time and stopped in Adelaide, according to aircraft tracking website Flight Aware. The Airbus A330-200 took off from Adelaide for Delhi at 09:37 local time, 52 minutes late.
It is scheduled to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) at 16:04 IST, around 24 minutes late.
Qantas now offers three weekly return flights from Sydney to Delhi, which will expand to four weekly return flights in January 2022, and four weekly return flights from Melbourne beginning December 22, 2021.
The Melbourne-Delhi flight coded QF69, will depart Melbourne at 09:25 local time on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with a brief layover in Adelaide before arriving in Delhi at 18:10 local time.
“We’re thrilled to be beginning commercial flights to India for the first time in almost a decade. There’s a huge amount of pent-up demand from friends and family wanting to reunite after being separated for so long,” Qantas Domestic and International CEO Andrew David said in the airline’s press statement.
“There was an incredible response when we announced both our new routes to Delhi. Forward bookings for the next few months are well ahead of our initial forecasts so while it’s early days, it’s an exciting start.
The level of pent-up demand on this route can be seen by the fact that almost all customers traveled as planned despite the temporary three-day additional isolation requirement.”
Since the discontinuation of its Brisbane to Mumbai service in 2012, Qantas has not operated a commercial route to India. Since 1974, this is the airline’s first scheduled passenger trip from Australia to Delhi.
“There are very strong trade and economic links between Australia and India, and both the Melbourne and Sydney routes will help support that as international travel starts to normalize,” David added.