Air India has announced plans for a “new” service between Delhi and Amsterdam.
I say new because the carrier has previously served the route, albeit not since the mid 1990s.
The airline will operate a four-times-weekly service between the two cities from June 11, using a two-class Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft configured with 18 fully flat seats in business class and 238 seats in economy.
Flights will depart Indira Gandhi International airport at 1310 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving into Schiphol at 1835, with the return leg leaving Amsterdam at 2045 and landing back into Delhi at 0755 the following day.
Star Alliance member Air India will join Dutch flag carrier and SkyTeam member KLM on the route.
The new service will take the carrier’s European network to 77 flights per week across eight cities.
Air India recently switched from Heathrow to Gatwick for its existing UK routes from Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa and Kochi, in the process freeing up capacity to increase frequencies on its Delhi-Heathrow and Mumbai-Heathrow services.
The airline also recently launched flights from Delhi to Milan, as well as resuming nonstop services from Delhi to Copenhagen and Vienna.
Commenting on the news Mr Campbell Wilson, CEO and MD of Air India, said:
“With the launch of this new nonstop flight to Amsterdam, Air India adds further breadth to our long-haul network and more options for our customers.
“Together with the three other European routes started in recent months, and others to come, it supports our objective of establishing Delhi as a significant international hub.”
Earlier this year Air India sealed record deals for nearly 500 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, as the carrier seeks to expand rapidly following Tata Group’s acquisition of the airline in 2022.