Hyderabad: The first Air India non-stop flight to Hyderabad from Chicago landed at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here early on Friday.
Airport officials and AI employees welcomed flight AI-108 with 237 passengers and 16 crew members,a press release from GMR group which manages the airport said.
Arriving passengers were treated to a cake cutting ceremony intermeshed with cultural events and photo opportunity with all sanitisation and social distancing protocols adhered to.
Later in the day, flight AI 107–the same aircraft— took off to Chicago with226 passengers and 16 crewmembers at around 12.50 PM, amid fanfare.
Senior officials from GMR Hyderabad International Airport along with Air India staff and other airport stakeholders were present at the terminal to see them off, the release said.
Flight AI-107 will operate once a week every Friday, departing from Hyderabad at 1250 hrs (IST) to arrive in Chicago at 1805 hrs (CST/Local US time) the same day.
The return flight AI-108 will operate every Wednesday leaving Chicago at 2130 hrs (CST/Local US Time) to arrive in Hyderabad at 0140 hrs (IST).