DELHI: Air India on Saturday launched its direct flight from the national capital to Copenhagen, the eleventh destination for the airline in Europe, describing it as connecting ‘Maharaja with the Mermaid’.

The national carrier has been expanding its international operations and has started services to overseas destinations, including Washington and Stockholm so far this year, reports PTI.

To mark the launch of the Copenhagen flight, Air India CMD Rajiv Bansal lit the traditional lamp at Terminal 3 of the airport in New Delhi. Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is Air India’s 44th international destination and 11th European non-stop destination.

This is the 11th destination in Europe for Air India and it is “connecting the Mermaid with the Maharaja”, Bansal said, adding that he is looking forward for good passenger load. The iconic “Little Mermaid” statue in Copenhagen is one of the city’s most famous monuments. The bronze structure sits on a rock by waterside in the city and represents a famous character from a fairy tale written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.

The Air India service to Copenhagen will be operated with a Dreamliner aircraft thrice a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

“AI 157 will depart from Delhi at 1430 hours to reach Copenhagen at 1845 hours the same day. The return flight AI 158 will leave Copenhagen at 2045 hours and reach Delhi at 0735 hours the next day,” the airline said in a release.
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