Hyderabad: The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here received the first non-stop flight of national carrier Air India (AI 108) from Chicago in the wee hours of Friday, welcoming 237 passengers and 16 aircraft crew. Later in the day, at 12.50 pm, the same aircraft, a Boeing 777LR (AI 107) took off on its first flight from Hyderabad to Chicago with 226 passengers and 16 crew.
Senior officials from GMR Hyderabad International Airport along with Air India staff and other airport stakeholders were present at the terminal to welcome and see off the passengers and crew.
The flight AI-107 from Hyderabad to Chicago will operate once a week every Friday, departing from Hyderabad at 1250 hours (IST) to arrive in Chicago at 1805 hours (CST/US time) on the same day. The return flight AI-108 from Chicago to Hyderabad will operate every Wednesday leaving Chicago at 2130 hours (CST/US Time) to reach Hyderabad at 0140 hours (IST). The B777-200LR aircraft will cover 13,293 km in 16.45 hours while flying from RGIA the O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Chicago while it will take 15.40 hours for the ORD-RGIA flight.
“This new non-stop route connecting Hyderabad and Chicago in the USA has been on our connectivity wish list for quite some time. And we are delighted that it is our very own national carrier Air India that has commenced this service. The launch of this route brings two destinations closer for all our passengers who have been waiting eagerly for a direct flight from Hyderabad to the USA,” Pradeep Panicker, CEO, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd, said.
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