Maharaja flies to the Swedish king, who goes down to earth in the air

NEW DELHI: The king and queen of Sweden flew to the hearts of the Indians by the Maharaja Air India from Stockholm to Delhi on Monday morning. It was a non-stop commercial flight of Air India. His behavior with his feet on the ground aboard the plane, where King Carl XVI enjoyed Indian food, and then carried his own cabin bags when he got off the Dreamliner on the IGI airport aerobridge, made the royal couple get in contact with everyone.

The flight of the magic carpet began as a fairy tale on Sunday afternoon for AI, which operates its twin class - business and economy - Boeing 787 Dreamliner between Delhi and Stockholm three times a week. “Six hours before our AI 168 schedule took off from Stockholm at 8 pm Sunday (local time), our office received a call from the Royal Palace. They wanted to make a provisional reservation for 14 seats, four in business and 10 in economics, sources said.

The reason: the official plane of the Swedish royal family had developed an inconvenience. It is known that King and Queen Silvia Renate Sommerlath were interested in keeping their trip to India as scheduled.

The royal palace realized that an AI flight would take off from Stockholm to Delhi at 8 pm Sunday (local time), which could fly to the royal entourage to Delhi in time for its ceremonial welcome and other programs lined up there.

The royal couple drove to the Stockholm-Arlanda airport and went down to the aerobridge base on the side of the terminal building. They approached AI Dreamliner (VT-ANE) from there and were received by all crew members. The executive class has 18 seats in total with three rows of 2x2x2 configuration. The royal couple was sitting in 1A and 1B. His assistants were sitting in 2A and 2B. The flight was almost full with the 18 businesses and most of the 238 economic seats (in 3x3x3 configuration) occupied.

The flight took off at 8 pm (Stockholm local time). During the flight, the royal couple shot down the AI ​​crew with their courtesy and realistic behavior. “They did not act as if they were special people, leave the king and queen of a country alone. They interacted with the crew very politely and appreciated the traditional Indian hospitality with which the AI ​​crew is associated. The king liked the Indian food he had, ”the sources said.

Upon approaching Delhi, the scheduled VVIP flight received a rapid descent and a priority landing at 7.15 am (local time). Then, a follow-up jeep escorted me the plane with the lovely royal couple to T3, where all the passengers got off through an aerobridge. The humility of King Carl XVI Gustaf was again for everyone. He got off the plane carrying his bags with him.

Upon arrival in Delhi, AI tweeted: “Very proud moment of Air India when we had a special guest on board. His Majesty Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus, King of Sweden and His Majesty Silvia Renate Sommerlath traveled AI168 Stockholm to Delhi. Sangeeta Sanyal, country manager in Sweden, greeted the royal guests. ”

In short, the Swedish royal plane in India is expected to return the royal entourage to their country at the end of their official visit. A crew member said: “There is so much that Indian VIPs can learn from the Swedish king and queen. Our corporations, MLAs and MPs misbehave with us and routinely lose their weight. It was a welcome change for the AI ​​team, ”said a source.