Air India is all set to introduce a direct flight from New Delhi to Tel Aviv from 22 March. The flight, with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, will be operated thrice a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

On 22 March, the inaugural flight AI139 will take off from Delhi at 6 p.m. and reach Tel Aviv at 9.45 p.m. The return flight AI140 will depart from Tel Aviv at 11.15 p.m. and reach Delhi at 10 a.m. the next day.

From 1 April, AI139 will depart Delhi at 4.50 p.m. and reach Tel Aviv at 9.45 p.m. The return flight AI140 will leave Tel Aviv at 11.15 p.m. and to reach Delhi at 9 a.m. the next day.

The decision to operate direct flight to Tel Aviv from Delhi has received an overwhelming response both in India and Israel lending a fillip to tourism besides boosting the trade and industry sector.

The flight will also attract travellers from countries further to the east in Southeast Asia and Australia.

The duration of the flight between Delhi and Tel Aviv will be around two hours shorter than those of the ones operated by Israeli national carrier El Al, which has direct flights between Tel Aviv and Mumbai.