National air carrier Air India has started operating its first direct flight service between Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi and Stockholm Arlanda Airport in Sweden.

The new non-stop service has been launched on Air India’s Dreamliner Boeing 787 aircraft, which is slated to fly between Delhi and Stockholm every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Featuring an all-female crew on board, the Dreamliner will leave Delhi at 2:50pm local time and reach Stockholm at 6:40pm.

The return flight will leave Stockholm at 8:40pm and reach Delhi at 7:20am the next day.

"We are confident that Air India's first foray to Scandinavia would add new dimensions to trade, commerce and tourism between the two countries."

Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani was quoted by ANI as saying: “We are confident that Air India's first foray to Scandinavia would add new dimensions to trade, commerce and tourism between the two countries – India and Sweden.”

As stated by the Embassy of Sweden, the beginning of the non-stop route will reduce the flying time between the capitals of the two countries by at least two hours.

With the launch of the new service, Air India has added its tenth destination in Europe, reported PTI.

Next month, Air India is also expected to add another destination in Europe with flights to Copenhagen in Denmark.