Air India to launch direct flights to Washington

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On Friday, February 3, Air India announced that it will launch direct return flights between Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport and Washington, D.C’s Washington Dulles International Airport, thrice a week, by mid-2017.

This will be the only airline to offer a non-stop service between the capital cities on its B777. The flight is expected to be about 14 hours one way.

Ashwani Lohani, the chairman and managing director of Air India said: “Air India plans to add 35 new aircraft in 2017 as part of its current expansion and consolidation strategy, allowing us to serve both new domestic and international destinations. The Washington, D.C. metro area will become Air India’s fifth US getaway and reinforces our commitment to providing the most convenient service between the USA and India.”

Currently, the state-owned carrier deploys its B777 on direct flights between New Delhi and Chicago,Newark, New York, and San Francisco. 

Addressing the crowd gathered for the announcement of Air India’s new route, Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe said:“Today is an exciting time for us. Instead of putting walls up around our country, we are taking barriers down and building a bridge which is 7,480 miles (12,038km), opening up new opportunities to link the Commonwealth of Virginia to the great country of India.”  

In 2015, Washington received 1,22,000 Indians. By 2020, this number is estimated to increase by seven per cent. India is the fourth largest overseas market for the state. The introduction of Air India’s Delhi-Washington service is estimated to increase the revenue into the National Capital Region (Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland) to U$30 million. 

The governor added: “We committed 1.25 million dollars to this project for Air India because we understand that tourism is such an important revenue generator. Tourists who will now come here from India will help strengthen our communities, make us stronger.” 

Air India will announce the flight schedule closer to its launch, which will be around July 2017.

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Air India and Vietjet Air sign MOU

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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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Air India introduces flights to Bhatinda

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Air India introduces flights to Bhatinda State-owned Air India is the first carrier to start commercial flight services to and from Bhatinda, a city in Punjab.

On December 11, the Star Alliance Member launched thrice weekly direct flights between Delhi and Bhatinda.

On Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, flight AI9621 takes off from Delhi at 1215 and lands in Bhatinda at 1345. Return flight AI departs from Bhatinda at 1415 and arrives at Delhi at 1545.

Air India deploys its 70-seat ATR 72-600 on the 274km route.

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Air India introduces flights to Bhatinda State-owned Air India is the first carrier to start commercial flight services to and from Bhatinda, a city in Punjab.

On December 11, the Star Alliance Member launched thrice weekly direct flights between Delhi and Bhatinda.

On Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, flight AI9621 takes off from Delhi at 1215 and lands in Bhatinda at 1345. Return flight AI departs from Bhatinda at 1415 and arrives at Delhi at 1545.

Air India deploys its 70-seat ATR 72-600 on the 274km route.

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Air India introduces flights to Bhatinda State-owned Air India is the first carrier to start commercial flight services to and from Bhatinda, a city in Punjab.

On December 11, the Star Alliance Member launched thrice weekly direct flights between Delhi and Bhatinda.

On Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, flight AI9621 takes off from Delhi at 1215 and lands in Bhatinda at 1345. Return flight AI departs from Bhatinda at 1415 and arrives at Delhi at 1545.

Air India deploys its 70-seat ATR 72-600 on the 274km route.

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Air India introduces flights to Bhatinda

State-owned Air India is the first carrier to start commercial flight services to and from Bhatinda, a city in Punjab.

On December 11, the Star Alliance Member launched thrice weekly direct flights between Delhi and Bhatinda.

On Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, flight AI9621 takes off from Delhi at 1215 and lands in Bhatinda at 1345. Return flight AI departs from Bhatinda at 1415 and arrives at Delhi at 1545.

Air India deploys its 70-seat ATR 72-600 on the 274km route.

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Airlines waive off cancellation charges on flights to Port Blair

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Government-owned full service airline Air India and budget carrier IndiGo have waived off cancellation and rescheduling charges for their flights to and from Port Blair due to cyclonic weather conditions in the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

A statement by IndiGo reads: “For December 7 and 8, IndiGo has waived all cancellation and change fees for all passengers flying to and from Port Blair who may wish to change their flights due to heavy rainfalls at Andaman and Nicobar island.”

The unfavourable weather conditions have crippled all ferry services from the islands to the airport in Port Blair, stranding about 1,400 tourists to the archipelago of the Indian subcontinent.

Air India announced: “In view of the inclement weather conditions resulting in inconvenience to stranded tourists, applicable penalties of re-issuance, date change, no-show, cancellation and refund charges for travel from/to Port Blair stand waived on all tickets issued on or before December 7 for the travel period between December 6 and 9.” 

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Government-owned full service airline Air India and budget carrier IndiGo have waived off cancellation and rescheduling charges for their flights to and from Port Blair due to cyclonic weather conditions in the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

A statement by IndiGo reads: “For December 7 and 8, IndiGo has waived all cancellation and change fees for all passengers flying to and from Port Blair who may wish to change their flights due to heavy rainfalls at Andaman and Nicobar island.”

The unfavourable weather conditions have crippled all ferry services from the islands to the airport in Port Blair, stranding about 1,400 tourists to the archipelago of the Indian subcontinent.

Air India announced: “In view of the inclement weather conditions resulting in inconvenience to stranded tourists, applicable penalties of re-issuance, date change, no-show, cancellation and refund charges for travel from/to Port Blair stand waived on all tickets issued on or before December 7 for the travel period between December 6 and 9.” 

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Air India to receive 23rd B787 in January

In January 2006, national carrier, Air India had ordered 68 Boeing aircraft — 27 Dreamliners (B787) and 41 B777s and B737-800s. However, due to the 2008 financial crisis, and battle with subsequent loses, the airline could only accept delivery of the first batch of B787 aircraft in 2015.

In 2016, two more B787 were delivered. Currently, 22 B787 form part of Air India’s fleet, which are deployed on long haul routes.

It will receive the 23rd B787 in early January 2017. “We will be taking delivery of the 23rd Boeing 787 Dreamliner on January 9 and hope to have the last batch of four more Dreamliners by the end of this fiscal year. That will have us completing the process that started more than a decade ago in 2006,” says Air India’s finance director, Vinod Hejmadi. 

The balance aircraft from Boeing will be received in parts in the coming years.

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In January 2006, national carrier, Air India had ordered 68 Boeing aircraft — 27 Dreamliners (B787) and 41 B777s and B737-800s. However, due to the 2008 financial crisis, and battle with subsequent loses, the airline could only accept delivery of the first batch of B787 aircraft in 2015.

In 2016, two more B787 were delivered. Currently, 22 B787 form part of Air India’s fleet, which are deployed on long haul routes.

It will receive the 23rd B787 in early January 2017. “We will be taking delivery of the 23rd Boeing 787 Dreamliner on January 9 and hope to have the last batch of four more Dreamliners by the end of this fiscal year. That will have us completing the process that started more than a decade ago in 2006,” says Air India’s finance director, Vinod Hejmadi. 

The balance aircraft from Boeing will be received in parts in the coming years.

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In January 2006, national carrier, Air India had ordered 68 Boeing aircraft — 27 Dreamliners (B787) and 41 B777s and B737-800s. However, due to the 2008 financial crisis, and battle with subsequent loses, the airline could only accept delivery of the first batch of B787 aircraft in 2015.

In 2016, two more B787 were delivered. Currently, 22 B787 form part of Air India’s fleet, which are deployed on long haul routes.

It will receive the 23rd B787 in early January 2017. “We will be taking delivery of the 23rd Boeing 787 Dreamliner on January 9 and hope to have the last batch of four more Dreamliners by the end of this fiscal year. That will have us completing the process that started more than a decade ago in 2006,” says Air India’s finance director, Vinod Hejmadi. 

The balance aircraft from Boeing will be received in parts in the coming years.

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Air India to fly Delhi-Madrid route

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On December 1, state-owned Air India will launch direct flights between Delhi and the Spanish capital, Madrid. The route will be served thrice weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Flight AI-135 will depart from Delhi at 1425 and land in Madrid at 2020. Return flight AI-136 will leave from Madrid at 2150 and arrive at Delhi at 1110.

A Boeing Dreamliner 787 will serve this route, with 18 seats in business class and 238 seats in economy class.

Currently, the “web special” return economy fare between the two capitals, as displayed on the Air India website, starts from ₹38,270.

Air India says, “We have also timed the flight in such a way that passengers from Bangkok (which generates 166 passengers per day), Colombo (which generates about 50-60 passengers per day) and Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne can connect to Madrid and back (via Delhi).”

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On December 1, state-owned Air India will launch direct flights between Delhi and the Spanish capital, Madrid. The route will be served thrice weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Flight AI-135 will depart from Delhi at 1425 and land in Madrid at 2020. Return flight AI-136 will leave from Madrid at 2150 and arrive at Delhi at 1110.

A Boeing Dreamliner 787 will serve this route, with 18 seats in business class and 238 seats in economy class.

Currently, the “web special” return economy fare between the two capitals, as displayed on the Air India website, starts from ₹38,270.

Air India says, “We have also timed the flight in such a way that passengers from Bangkok (which generates 166 passengers per day), Colombo (which generates about 50-60 passengers per day) and Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne can connect to Madrid and back (via Delhi).”

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Air India to increase frequency to San Francisco

India’s full-service national carrier, Air India will increase its New Delhi-San Francisco frequency to six times a week from November 21.

Currently the airline flies the route on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.

Flight AI-173 (16 hours 15 minutes) takes off from New Delhi at 0235 and lands in San Francisco at 0600.

Return flight AI-174 (16 hours 55 minutes) leaves San Francisco at 1030 and reaches New Delhi at 1615.

From November 21, Air India will additionally fly the route on Monday, Thursday and Saturday; it will follow the same schedule as it does for the other days.

A Boeing 777-200 will continue to fly between New Delhi and San Francisco.

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India’s full-service national carrier, Air India will increase its New Delhi-San Francisco frequency to six times a week from November 21.

Currently the airline flies the route on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.

Flight AI-173 (16 hours 15 minutes) takes off from New Delhi at 0235 and lands in San Francisco at 0600.

Return flight AI-174 (16 hours 55 minutes) leaves San Francisco at 1030 and reaches New Delhi at 1615.

From November 21, Air India will additionally fly the route on Monday, Thursday and Saturday; it will follow the same schedule as it does for the other days.

A Boeing 777-200 will continue to fly between New Delhi and San Francisco.

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India’s full-service national carrier, Air India will increase its New Delhi-San Francisco frequency to six times a week from November 21.

Currently the airline flies the route on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.

Flight AI-173 (16 hours 15 minutes) takes off from New Delhi at 0235 and lands in San Francisco at 0600.

Return flight AI-174 (16 hours 55 minutes) leaves San Francisco at 1030 and reaches New Delhi at 1615.

From November 21, Air India will additionally fly the route on Monday, Thursday and Saturday; it will follow the same schedule as it does for the other days.

A Boeing 777-200 will continue to fly between New Delhi and San Francisco.

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