Air India, the state-owned, full-service airline has increased the check-in baggage allowance for passengers flying on its Boeing 747, between Delhi and Mumbai. The aircraft and baggage allowance are available only until January 15, post which, the airline will take a call to make it a long-term option or not, based on the demand from its guests.

Passengers flying economy class and business and first class can now check-in up to 40kg and 50kg of baggage respectively, at no additional charge. This has been increased by 15kg for all three cabin classes from January 7.

India’s other domestic carriers allow up to 15kg for check-in baggage to economy class passengers. Jet Airways and Vistara offer business class passengers an allowance of up to 30kg.

Dhananjay Kumar, the senior manager at Air India reports, “[The B747] is a huge plane and there is a lot of space, so we are able to offer passengers the facility of checking in more baggage for free.”

The B747 aircraft has 385 seats in economy, 26 in business and 12 in first class with a legroom of 31/34 inches, 57/59 inches and 82 inches respectively.

The B747 flies twice daily on the Mumbai-Delhi route.

Flights AI806 and AI888 depart from Mumbai at 0800 and 1900, and arrive in Delhi at 1015 and 2105 respectively. Return flights AI665 and AI805 depart from Delhi at 0800 and 2000, and arrive in Mumbai at 1005 and 2225 respectively.

Netra Venkateshwaran