Kochi-Dubai Dreamliner service to resume from July 1
Dubai: Air India’s large aircraft Dreamliner service from Kochi to Dubai will resume from July 1 as per the normal schedules. The services that was stopped since March 31 are resuming. Mathrubhumi had reported the indefinite cancellation of Dreamliner services on May 28. Following this, various NRI organisations held talks with Air India authorities and demanded to speed up the procedures for resuming services.
First, the issue went unnoticed amid election but the political parties intervened later. Due to intense pressure from all sides, Air India declared that the services will be resumed from July 1. Air India had previously notified that the service will not be available till September.
The Dubai-Kochi-Delhi flight was the only Dreamliner service to Kerala. After the Balakot attack, the Indian flights had stopped flying via Pakistan. With this, Dreamliner stopped its Kochi service blaming the extended work hours of the flight crew and the maintenance of Delhi airport. Instead of this, A-320 Neo flight started service.
The Dreamliner had 18 seats in business class and 238 seats in economy class whereas Neo has only 12 and 150 seats in both classes respectively. Due to this, 94 passengers could not travel in Dubai-Nedumbassery route on a daily basis. The flight ticket rate from Dubai to Kerala has skyrocketed recently after Dreamliner was stopped and Jet Airways cancelled services.
The Dreamliner takes off from Delhi at 5.10 am and arrives at Nedumbassery by 8 am and again takes off to Dubai at 9.15 am. It reaches Dubai at 12.10 pm and flies back to Nedumbassery at 1.35 pm and reaches there at 6.50 pm. It takes off to Delhi at 8.15 pm and reaches there at 11.20 at night. This service was replaced by the Neo flight in the past few months.