Air India to fly to six international destinations this year

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India’s national carrier, Air India will launch direct flights to Washington, Los Angeles, Dallas, Stockholm, Nairobi and Tel Aviv this year.

The chairman and managing director of Air India, Ashwani Lohani posted on Facebook yesterday: “To Washington from 7th July, Stockholm from 15th august and Los Angeles from 1st September to be followed by Tel Aviv, Dallas and Nairobi sometime later during the year 2017 itself. Air india spreads its wings far and wide.”

Flight AI103 will depart from New Delhi at 0115 and arrive in Washington at 0715. Return flight AI104 will depart from Washington at 1100 and arrive in New Delhi at 1030 the next day.

This route will be served by a B777-200LR on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.

Air India will announce schedules for the other direct flights, shortly.

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India’s national carrier, Air India will launch direct flights to Washington, Los Angeles, Dallas, Stockholm, Nairobi and Tel Aviv this year.

The chairman and managing director of Air India, Ashwani Lohani posted on Facebook yesterday: “To Washington from 7th July, Stockholm from 15th august and Los Angeles from 1st September to be followed by Tel Aviv, Dallas and Nairobi sometime later during the year 2017 itself. Air india spreads its wings far and wide.”

Flight AI103 will depart from New Delhi at 0115 and arrive in Washington at 0715. Return flight AI104 will depart from Washington at 1100 and arrive in New Delhi at 1030 the next day.

This route will be served by a B777-200LR on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.

Air India will announce schedules for the other direct flights, shortly.

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India’s national carrier, Air India will launch direct flights to Washington, Los Angeles, Dallas, Stockholm, Nairobi and Tel Aviv this year.

The chairman and managing director of Air India, Ashwani Lohani posted on Facebook yesterday: “To Washington from 7th July, Stockholm from 15th august and Los Angeles from 1st September to be followed by Tel Aviv, Dallas and Nairobi sometime later during the year 2017 itself. Air india spreads its wings far and wide.”

Flight AI103 will depart from New Delhi at 0115 and arrive in Washington at 0715. Return flight AI104 will depart from Washington at 1100 and arrive in New Delhi at 1030 the next day.

This route will be served by a B777-200LR on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.

Air India will announce schedules for the other direct flights, shortly.

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Air India deploys B777 on Delhi-Chennai sector

India’s national carrier, Air India has deployed the B777 aircraft on two of five daily services on its Delhi-Chennai sector. Up until May 8, a narrow body A321 used to fly this route.

The move is in step with the full service airline’s plans to “provide a rich flying experience to the travellers”. In February, Air India upgraded its Delhi-Bhopal sector to the A320; and earlier still, to the B787 on the Dubai-Kochi route.

Flight AI-439 departs from Delhi at 0605 and arrives in Chennai at 0845. Return flight AI-430 takes off from Chennai at 0955 and reaches Delhi at 1255.

In the evening, AI-042 leaves Delhi at 1720 and reaches Chennai at 2005. Return flight AI-043 departs from Chennai at 2110 hours and arrives in Delhi at 2355.

The 342-seater wide body B777 aircraft comes in a three-class configuration: first class (four seats), business class (35 seats) and economy class (303 seats).

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India’s national carrier, Air India has deployed the B777 aircraft on two of five daily services on its Delhi-Chennai sector. Up until May 8, a narrow body A321 used to fly this route.

The move is in step with the full service airline’s plans to “provide a rich flying experience to the travellers”. In February, Air India upgraded its Delhi-Bhopal sector to the A320; and earlier still, to the B787 on the Dubai-Kochi route.

Flight AI-439 departs from Delhi at 0605 and arrives in Chennai at 0845. Return flight AI-430 takes off from Chennai at 0955 and reaches Delhi at 1255.

In the evening, AI-042 leaves Delhi at 1720 and reaches Chennai at 2005. Return flight AI-043 departs from Chennai at 2110 hours and arrives in Delhi at 2355.

The 342-seater wide body B777 aircraft comes in a three-class configuration: first class (four seats), business class (35 seats) and economy class (303 seats).

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India’s national carrier, Air India has deployed the B777 aircraft on two of five daily services on its Delhi-Chennai sector. Up until May 8, a narrow body A321 used to fly this route.

The move is in step with the full service airline’s plans to “provide a rich flying experience to the travellers”. In February, Air India upgraded its Delhi-Bhopal sector to the A320; and earlier still, to the B787 on the Dubai-Kochi route.

Flight AI-439 departs from Delhi at 0605 and arrives in Chennai at 0845. Return flight AI-430 takes off from Chennai at 0955 and reaches Delhi at 1255.

In the evening, AI-042 leaves Delhi at 1720 and reaches Chennai at 2005. Return flight AI-043 departs from Chennai at 2110 hours and arrives in Delhi at 2355.

The 342-seater wide body B777 aircraft comes in a three-class configuration: first class (four seats), business class (35 seats) and economy class (303 seats).

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The world’s longest commercial flights

Qatar Airways' B777 flies over Auckland as the world's longest commercial flight

With Qatar Airways having launched its new 17.5-hour non-stop flight between Doha and Auckland yesterday, the list of longest commercial flights has had a bit of a shake up.

Former title-holder Emirates appears to have been unseated, yet Qatar Airways’ position at the top may not be as secure as it seems, with new ultra-long-haul routes in the wings and other existing flights technically flying greater distances in a shorter time.

That said, here are some of the current and soon-to-emerge ultra-long-haul flights that are at the top of the list.

Qatar Airways

ROUTE Doha-Auckland
FLIGHT DURATION 17 hours 30 minutes
FLIGHT DISTANCE 14,535 kilometres
FLIGHT NUMBER QR921
AIRCRAFT B777-200LR

The flight that has secured Qatar Airways the crown for now, QR921 is the longest commercial flight by time returning from Auckland to Doha. The flight from Doha to New Zealand’s most populous city, meanwhile, is approximately one hour shorter.

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Emirates

ROUTE Auckland-Dubai
FLIGHT DURATION 17 hours 20 minutes
FLIGHT DISTANCE 14,200 kilometres
FLIGHT NUMBER EK449
AIRCRAFT A380

A similar route that previously gave Emirates the title of longest commercial flight prior to Qatar Airways’ new service. Dubai is slightly closer to Auckland than Doha, making the flight that little bit shorter in both duration and distance. Emirates recently upgauged to an A380 on the route, replacing the B777-200LR that previously operated the route.

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Air India

ROUTE Delhi-San Francisco
FLIGHT DURATION 14 hours 30 minutes
FLIGHT DISTANCE 15,110 kilometres
FLIGHT NUMBER AI173
AIRCRAFT B777-200

Air India’s Delhi-San Francisco is perhaps the longest commercial flight by distance covered – not specifically to do with the distance between the destinations but the route the airline takes. Originally flying a shorter route over the Atlantic Ocean, the airline switched to a longer trans-Pacific route in October, according to Forbes. The Pacific Ocean route is about 2,000 kilometres longer but takes almost two hours less time to fly due to more favourable tailwinds.

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ON THE HORIZON

Qantas

ROUTE Perth-London
FLIGHT DURATION Approximately 17 hours
FLIGHT DISTANCE 14,498 kilometres
FLIGHT NUMBER TBC
AIRCRAFT B787-9 Dreamliner
LAUNCHING March 2018

Originally taking four days and nine stops when Qantas first began flying the “Kangaroo Route” in 1947, Qantas’ Perth-London non-stop flight is due to take about 17 hours when it launches in March 2018. Qantas lost its position as titleholder of the world’s longest commercial flight when Emirates’ Auckland to Dubai flight unseated Qantas’ Dallas-Sydney flight. And with a distance of 14,498 kilometres, Qantas’ new London flight would have regained it the title from Emirates, were it not for Qatar Airways’ newly launched route.

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Singapore Airlines

ROUTE Singapore-Newark
FLIGHT DURATION 18-19 hours
FLIGHT DISTANCE 15,344 kilometres
FLIGHT NUMBER TBC
AIRCRAFT A350-900ULR
LAUNCHING 2018

Originally operated by the only aircraft that could make the journey, the A340-500, Singapore Airlines scrapped its Singapore-Newark route in 2013, due in large part to the fuel-intensive nature of the aircraft. However in October 2015, the airline said it would resume the route – which takes between 18 and 19 hours – in 2018 using an A350-900ULR. At 15,344 kilometres, the route is reportedly the longest non-stop commercial route ever, according to Bloomberg.

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Air India to deploy the Dreamliner on its Dubai-Kochi route

State owned Air India will deploy the Boeing Dreamliner 787 on its existing Dubai-Kochi route from February 1.

In November last year, the full service airline had received its 22nd B787.

Daily flight AI934 departs from Dubai at 1330 and arrives in Kochi at 1850.

Return daily flight AI933 departs from Kochi at 0915 and arrives in Dubai at 1200.

The Dreamliner to serve this route will have 238 economy class seats, and a twin-aisle configuration of 18 business class seats that recline up to 180 degrees.

Other Indian cities connected to Dubai by Air India are Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kozhikode, Mumbai and Visakhapatnam.

Air India has also announced the following flights that will launch this year:

  • Delhi-Ahmedabad – fourth daily flight from March 2017
  • Delhi-Nagpur – second daily flight from March 2017
  • Delhi-Copenhagen from May 2017
  • Kolkata-Bangkok from May 2017
  • Chandigarh-Bangkok from May 2017
  • Delhi-Leh – second daily flight from May 2017
  • Delhi-Portblair from May 2017
  • Delhi-Washington from July 2017

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State owned Air India will deploy the Boeing Dreamliner 787 on its existing Dubai-Kochi route from February 1.

In November last year, the full service airline had received its 22nd B787.

Daily flight AI934 departs from Dubai at 1330 and arrives in Kochi at 1850.

Return daily flight AI933 departs from Kochi at 0915 and arrives in Dubai at 1200.

The Dreamliner to serve this route will have 238 economy class seats, and a twin-aisle configuration of 18 business class seats that recline up to 180 degrees.

Other Indian cities connected to Dubai by Air India are Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kozhikode, Mumbai and Visakhapatnam.

Air India has also announced the following flights that will launch this year:

  • Delhi-Ahmedabad – fourth daily flight from March 2017
  • Delhi-Nagpur – second daily flight from March 2017
  • Delhi-Copenhagen from May 2017
  • Kolkata-Bangkok from May 2017
  • Chandigarh-Bangkok from May 2017
  • Delhi-Leh – second daily flight from May 2017
  • Delhi-Portblair from May 2017
  • Delhi-Washington from July 2017

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Air India introduces women-only rows on domestic flights

Air India has started selling women-only rows of seats.

From January 18, the national airline will reserve the third row – six seats – in economy for female passengers travelling alone.

The seats will be offered without extra charges with the move designed to “enhance comfort levels”.

The segregated seats are currently only available on domestic routes, with Air India not confirming whether the move will be available on international services.

“We feel, as national carriers, it is our responsibility to enhance comfort levels to female passengers,” Air India general manager-revenue management Meenakshi Malik told The Hindu. “There are a lot of female passengers who travel alone with us and we will be blocking a few seats for them.”

The decision to start selling women-only seats follows two recent incidents of male passengers reportedly groping female passengers on Air India flights.

Last week, Air India announced it would keep plastic handcuffs on all flights to restrain “unruly flyers”.

“We used to carry restrainers only on our international flights but will now have them on both domestic and international flights. All our aircraft will have two pairs of restraining devices,” AI chairman Ashwani Lohani told The Times of India. “The safety of passengers and aircraft is paramount. We will not compromise with that.”

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Air India and Vietjet Air sign MOU

A321neo Vietjet

Air India and VietJet Air sign MOU

Air India and VietJet Air sign MOU

Air India and VietJet Air sign MOU

Air India and VietJet Air sign MOU

Air India and VietJet Air sign MOU

Air India and VietJet Air sign MOU

Last week, India’s national carrier, Air India and privately owned, low budget Vietnamese airline, VietJet Air signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that facilitates cooperation of the number of flight services between India and Vietnam. 

Last week, India’s national carrier, Air India and privately owned, low budget Vietnamese airline, VietJet Air signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that facilitates cooperation of the number of flight services between India and Vietnam.

Other points under the agreement include, cooperation with each other on the expansion of sales distribution, implementation of tourism and trade promotions, and collaborative training of personnel.

The MOU was signed on Saturday, December 10 in Delhi by the vice president of VietJet Air, Dinh Viet Phuong and the director of commercial of Air India, Pankaj Srivastava.

While the two airlines have announced that they will launch a direct service between Delhi and Ho Chi Minh City, they haven’t disclosed its launch date yet.

Dinh Viet Phuong said: “We are delighted with the agreement and hope that Air India’s aviation experience and capabilities will help Vietjet better access into India – a potential market with a young and dynamic population of more than 1.2 billion people. The deal will contribute positively to a higher development and partnership in economy, trade and tourism between the two countries.”

India and Vietnam have been working on firming their relationship after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Southeast Asian country in September. On the agenda was the signing of 12 MOUs for sectors including defence, space, IT, health, mutual recognition of standards, and cybersecurity, which was carried forth successfully. 

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Eva Air and Air India begin codeshare

Taipei

Taiwanese carrier Eva Air has begun codesharing with Air India, connecting Mumbai with Taipei through Bangkok and Singapore.

Eva Air and Air India are now using both airlines’ flight numbers on Eva-operated flights from Taipei to Bangkok and Singapore, in addition to Air India-operated Bangkok and Singapore to Mumbai connections.

The Taiwanese airline currently offers 24 flights a week to Bangkok and two daily to Singapore, while Air India operates daily flights to Mumbai.

The codeshare comes as Eva Air has been expanding its international network, including launching a new four-times-weekly non-stop Taipei-Chicago service in November and increasing the frequency of its Taipei-Paris service to daily in July.

Meanwhile Air India’s budget subsidiary Air India Express began flights between Kolkata and Singapore in November and launched a Chennai-Singapore service in October.

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Air India to reduce service on Delhi-Moscow route

Air India 787 Delivery in Charleston K65753-03

Air India will replace its Airbus 320 with the Boeing 787 on the Delhi-Moscow route from November 26 this year.

Currently, the Star Alliance member flies between the two capitals thrice weekly.

Flight AI-155 departs Delhi at 2020 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and arrives at Moscow at 0030. Return flight AI-156 takes off from Moscow at 0130 (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) and lands in Delhi at 0950.

From November-end, the Boeing aircraft will fly twice weekly between Delhi and Moscow.

AI-155 will depart Delhi at 1930 (Saturday and Monday) and arrive in Moscow at 2320. Return flight AI-156 will depart Moscow at 0100 (Sunday and Tuesday) and land in Delhi at 0855.

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Air India will replace its Airbus 320 with the Boeing 787 on the Delhi-Moscow route from November 26 this year.

Currently, the Star Alliance member flies between the two capitals thrice weekly.

Flight AI-155 departs Delhi at 2020 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and arrives at Moscow at 0030. Return flight AI-156 takes off from Moscow at 0130 (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) and lands in Delhi at 0950.

From November-end, the Boeing aircraft will fly twice weekly between Delhi and Moscow.

AI-155 will depart Delhi at 1930 (Saturday and Monday) and arrive in Moscow at 2320. Return flight AI-156 will depart Moscow at 0100 (Sunday and Tuesday) and land in Delhi at 0855.

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Air India will replace its Airbus 320 with the Boeing 787 on the Delhi-Moscow route from November 26 this year.

Currently, the Star Alliance member flies between the two capitals thrice weekly.

Flight AI-155 departs Delhi at 2020 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and arrives at Moscow at 0030. Return flight AI-156 takes off from Moscow at 0130 (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) and lands in Delhi at 0950.

From November-end, the Boeing aircraft will fly twice weekly between Delhi and Moscow.

AI-155 will depart Delhi at 1930 (Saturday and Monday) and arrive in Moscow at 2320. Return flight AI-156 will depart Moscow at 0100 (Sunday and Tuesday) and land in Delhi at 0855.

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Air India will fly to Agra

State-owned Air India will fly thrice weekly to Agra from agra via Varanasi, from October 1, on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The service will continue until May 2017; thenceforth, the airline hasn’t revealed its revised schedule yet.

Existing daily flight AI-406 takes off from Delhi at 1025 and lands Varanasi at 1150. From October 1, it will continue to Agra — take off from Varanasi at 1225 and land in Agra at 1355. The same flight will depart Agra at 1430 and land in Khajuraho at 1525.

Air India hasn’t announced a Khajuraho-Agra service. However, it will fly from Khajuraho to Varanasi from October 1.

Passengers who have flown from Agra to Khajuraho and wish to return to Agra may do so by first flying to Varanasi and hopping on to flight AI-406 to Agra.

Flight AI-405 will depart Khajuraho at 1600 and will arrive in Varanasi at 1655. It will be served by an A319 aircraft.

Air India has an existing daily service between Varanasi and Delhi.

Flight AI-433 takes off from Varanasi at 1710 and lands in Delhi at 1830.

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State-owned Air India will fly thrice weekly to Agra from agra via Varanasi, from October 1, on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The service will continue until May 2017; thenceforth, the airline hasn’t revealed its revised schedule yet.

Existing daily flight AI-406 takes off from Delhi at 1025 and lands Varanasi at 1150. From October 1, it will continue to Agra — take off from Varanasi at 1225 and land in Agra at 1355. The same flight will depart Agra at 1430 and land in Khajuraho at 1525.

Air India hasn’t announced a Khajuraho-Agra service. However, it will fly from Khajuraho to Varanasi from October 1.

Passengers who have flown from Agra to Khajuraho and wish to return to Agra may do so by first flying to Varanasi and hopping on to flight AI-406 to Agra.

Flight AI-405 will depart Khajuraho at 1600 and will arrive in Varanasi at 1655. It will be served by an A319 aircraft.

Air India has an existing daily service between Varanasi and Delhi.

Flight AI-433 takes off from Varanasi at 1710 and lands in Delhi at 1830.

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Air India schedules increase in flights to San Francisco

Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

Air India will increase the frequency of its flights between Delhi and San Francisco starting this winter.

The Star Alliance member currently operates the route three-times a week, but will turn this into a daily service due to the high load factor it currently enjoys, reports The Times of India.

Delhi–San Francisco is Air India’s longest route, with flights clocking in at over 17 hours long. The airline intends to further upgrade the long-haul service by addressing one of the biggest complaints that passengers have made – the unreliability of the in-flight entertainment system on the ageing B777-200LR.

“Air India chief Ashwani Lohani has set a target of 100 per cent serviceability of IFE on widebody aircraft used for long flights,” said an airline spokesperson to The Times of India.

With Delhi–San Francisco poised to become a daily service, Air India will also delay its plans to launch non-stop Delhi–Washington flights later this year.

“We already have flights from Delhi and Mumbai to New York JFK and Newark (EWR). We will look at the Washington connection next year,” said the airline spokesperson.

The airline official noted the importance of the US market, where Air India has consistently been getting occupancy levels of over 80 per cent. Flights to the country also contribute almost one-fifth of the airline’s total revenue from international flights.

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Clement Huang