Air India has launched a new nonstop service between Delhi and Phuket, its second destination in Thailand.

The inaugural flight departed the Indian capital on 15 December.

Star Alliance member Air India says that the new route is further bolstering its expansion plans in the Far East and Southeast Asia.

Air India operates an Airbus A320neo on Delhi-Phuket, featuring 12 2-2 configured recliners in business class and 150 seats in 3-3 configured economy class.

The flights currently run four times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, but will be upgraded to a daily service from January.

AI 378 will depart from Delhi at 0110 to arrive in Phuket the same day at 0710. The return flight AI 379 will take off from Phuket at 0810 and land in Delhi at 1050.

“Phuket is a popular global destination and holds a significant base for business and tourism. We are delighted to welcome Phuket into our network and will continue to expand our connectivity and enhance frequency on domestic and international sectors providing more flexibility of choice to our customers and contributing to the growth in the aviation sector,” said Nipun Aggarwal, chief commercial and transformation officer at Air India.

The flag carrier currently operates a total of 26 flights a week to Bangkok, including nonstop service from Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.

Air India this week also launched new long-haul services from India to Amsterdam, as well as Melbourne.