Air India is set to connect Delhi with Madrid, the capital of Spain, with a non-stop flight from December 1st, 2016. This direct flight, operating thrice a week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday with a B787 Dreamliner, will offer connections to a number of European destinations. With a convenient departure at 14 25 hrs from Delhi and arrival at Madrid at 20 20 hrs, the Delhi-Madrid-Delhi flight will have a night departure from Madrid at 2150hrs and will arrive in Delhi at 11 10 hrs the next day. The state-of-the-art B787 Dreamliner offers world-class facilities to passengers, with 18 seats in Business and 238 seats in Economy Class. The flight offers connectivity to all corners of India and to Bangkok, Kathmandu, Colombo, and other destinations connected via Delhi.
Madrid is Air India’s 42nd international destination and 9th European destination in 6 countries, including UK-London & Birmingham; Germany-Frankfurt; Austria- Vienna, France-Paris; Italy- Rome & Milan, Russia- Moscow and now Spain- Madrid.
Madrid- An overview:
A city known for culture, heritage, and architectural beauty, Madrid, captures the essence of elegance, art, fashion, romance, literature, cuisine, and for an ideal vacation is the place to be in Europe. It is the central capital of Spain. The landscape of this city mesmerises the discerning traveler with perfectly manicured lawns and boulevards like the Buen Retiro. The city is located on the banks of the River Manzanares and the third largest metropolitan in the European Unio n.
Famously known for its football clubs Real-Madrid and Atletico de Madrid, Madrid is one of the most happening global cities today. The city exudes all modern attractions and yet, retains an old world charm with its historic buildings and streets. European Art is showcased across the city’s museums like the Golden Triangle of Art located along the Pasco del Prado. The Prado Museum is the most renowned which highlights The Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas and Francisco de Goya’s La Maja vestida and La Maja Desnuda. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum are known for its rare artistic collection boasts of Pablo Picasso’s Guernica, returned to Spain from New York two decades ago.
The Royal Palace of Madrid, a 17th-century architectural beauty and monument of luxury, is the official residence of Felipe (check the spelling of Felipe) VI of Spain. It transports one into the world of art and Spanish heritage, and it is the largest paace in Europe.
Other must-visit attractions of Madrid are The Pantheon of Illustrious Men, The Monastery of La Encarnación, the El Pardo Royal Palace, and Benedictine abbey of Santa Cruz del Valle de Los Caídos.
Places to visit nearby Madrid:
The charm of Madrid is exciting, but a quick getaway to the neighbouring areas outside the city, within a radius of 100km is where adventure and exhilaration make the trip filled so fulfilling. Connectivity is great and transport is easily available to choose from – a car or any public transport will get one to the beautiful surrounding towns where adventure sports, mountain biking, hiking trails, and natural swimming pool whisks one away from the madding crowds.
Among the must-visit list are places such as the city of Toledo, a living museum of the numerous cultures of Spain like Jewish, Visigothic, Moorish, and Christian and the home of El Greco.
55km north of Madrid is the Village of Manzanares el Real. The village is a hot spot for films and 16-century architecture tucked in between mountains and a lake. An hour’s drive can take one to the north-west of Madrid to the ancient city of Segovia known for its delectable cuisine. Valley of the Fallen must be on the list too It houses General Franco’s remains and of those who bravely gave their lives during the civil war.
About Air India:
Air India occupies a special place in the global and Indian Aviation Industry. It pioneered the aviation industry in India and its history is synonymous with civil aviation in India. Air India is not merely an airline that transports passengers, baggage, and cargo. It is a multi-faceted organization. The aviation infrastructure it has created over the years is a testimony of its contribution.
Apart from servicing of all its aircraft in-house with its own engineering facilities, Air India also undertakes ground-handling services of many airlines in the numerous cities of India. Air India has grown to become a mega international airline with a network of 42 destinations across the USA, Europe, Australia, Far-East and South-East Asia and the Gulf.
The airline’s domestic network covers 69 destinations, including far-flung areas of the North-East, Ladakh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Air India, today, flies one of the youngest, state-of-the-art, fleet of aircraft comprising a mix of the wide-body Boeing B777s, B747s, its latest acquisition- the B787 Dreamliner and the narrow body Airbus A321s, A320s and A319 aircraftAir India joined the prestigious Star Alliance in 2014, the first for an Indian carrier, bringing a host of benefits, such as seamless transfers, combined frequent flyer loyalty points, code sharing, wider choice of flights and access to facilities at more than 1000 lounges worldwide.
The alliance network currently offers over 18,500 daily flights to 1312 airports in 190 countries. The wide seats, extra leg room, maximum baggage allowance, best in-flight cuisine, frequent flyer programme, extensive domestic and international network coupled with innovative offers and pricing make Air India one of the most trusted and dependable brands for air travellers.
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