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I felt like a maharaja, says a solo traveler on Dreamliner to Dubai | India News

MUMBAI: The two and a half hour flight connecting Mumbai with Dubai It was once popular as the busiest international route outside of India. These days, however, it has acquired a new identity as the flight in which the probability of being the only passenger on board is greater. Three days after an Emirates passenger had a complete Boeing 777 aircraft to himself, an Air India passenger flew alone in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on May 22. After landing in Dubai, the entire crew, including the pilots, accompanied him to the passenger. coach to see him off.
Talking to YOU From his Dubai office, Oswald Rodrigues said: “I felt like a maharaja on that Dreamliner flight,” referring to Air India’s ‘Fly like a maharaja’ slogan.
But this ‘maharaja’ had some battles to win before he could board his ‘personal’ 256-seater Dreamliner. A negative RT-PCR report along with a QR code linked to the original report is required for international travel and your report code did not work. It was 1:15 pm and the flight was scheduled to take off at 3:30 pm. As Rodrigues felt helpless at the Air India check-in counter at Mumbai airport, an artificial intelligence supervisor, Melvin Saldanha, told him: “We want to help you.” Saldanha delegated a member of the ground AI staff, Ketan Deolekar, and rushed him to a PCR rapid test counter. “As soon as I received my negative PCR report, Deolekar started scanning my passport, visa, report and sent it to the AI ​​desk,” he said. At 2.15pm, all documents were re-verified and Saldanha again delegated Deolekar to rush to take the passenger to the boarding gate.
“The flight was surreal. The Dreamliner felt huge. The captain personalized all the announcements on board. ‘Mr Rodrigues, we have a crew of 8 to serve you today,’ ‘Thank you for flying with Air India, Mr Rodrigues,’ ”he said.
Air India did not respond to a query sent by YOU.

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