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Air India takes flight into new era with India’s first Airbus A350-900

Air India A350

Air India today launched its maiden scheduled commercial flights with India’s first Airbus A350-900 – also the first aircraft in the new bold Air India livery – heralding a new era for Indian aviation.

Initially, while the aircraft is deployed on domestic routes for crew familiarisation and regulatory compliance purposes, passengers from Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mumbai will have the opportunity to experience the unparalleled comfort and state-of-the-art technology of the A350 – part of the 470 new aircraft order that Air India placed less than a year ago. The aircraft will be later deployed for long-haul flights to destinations across continents, strengthening Air India’s growing fleet of wide-body fleet, comprising its own and recently leased aircraft.

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Flight AI 589 took off from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport today for Chennai, with a full-capacity load of passengers who were eagerly anticipating the opportunity to experience the new Air India.

The aircraft was on static display at the recent Wings India Global Aviation Summit in Hyderabad, where the public got a first glimpse of the IFE and distinct inflight amenities that will form part of the experience once the aircraft begins its international operations.

Air India’s A350-900 aircraft will have a three-class cabin configuration with 316 seats: 28 private Business suites with full-flat beds, 24 Premium Economy seats with extra legroom and other amenities, and 264 spacious Economy seats. All seats on the aircraft feature the latest-generation Panasonic eX3 in-flight entertainment system and HD screens to provide a superior flying experience which will be offering all-new content for our guests on board. Fitted with the Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, these aircraft are 20 per cent more fuel efficient than other similar aircraft, reducing fuel emissions and ensuring sustainable operations.

On December 23, 2023, the first of Air India’s own 20 Airbus A350-900 aircraft, registered VT-JRA, was welcomed at IGI Airport, Delhi, flying in from the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France. The landing of the A350 had marked the first of Air India’s record-setting 470 aircraft order – with scheduled arrival of one new aircraft every six days throughout 2024.

AI 589 will operate every day of the week barring Tuesdays – departing Mumbai at 1005 hrs and landing in Mumbai at 1205 hrs.


Flt Number Date Frequency Dept Airport Departure Time Arrival Airport Arrival Time
AI 0589 22-Jan-24 1,34,567 BLR 07:05 BOM 08:50
AI 0589 22-Jan-24 1,34,567 BOM 10:05 MAA 12:05
AI 0589 22-Jan-24 1,34,567 MAA 13:20 BLR 14:30
AI 0587 22-Jan-24 1,34,567 BLR 16:00 MAA 17:10
AI 0587 22-Jan-24 1,34,567 MAA 18:30 HYD 19:40
AI 0587 22-Jan-24 1,34,567 HYD 21:10 BLR 22:20
AI 0868 23-Jan-24 2….. BLR 07:40 DEL 10:30
AI 0869 23-Jan-24 2….. DEL 19:00 BLR 21:50