Another landmark was the first commercial flight of the Emirates A380 Airbus on July 15 (seen landing here).
The Emirates double-decker Airbus touched down from Dubai with 512 passengers, mostly NRIs, marking the world's largest commercial aircraft's arrival to the world's latest terminal.
This flight was part of a drill to reaffirm the operational readiness of the the world's sixth largest passenger terminal.
Instead of moaning on arrival at Delhi airport, NRIs will now beam with pride at the grand airport.
For them, India has, literally, arrived.
Kul Bhushan previously worked abroad as a newspaper editor and has travelled to over 50 countries. He lives in New Delhi and can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org