In an effort to expand its international reach, Air India, which is owned by the Tata Group, announced on Friday that it will add 20 weekly flights to Birmingham, London, and San Francisco over the next three months.
As per the announcement made by the airline, more than 5,000 additional seats will be offered every week to customers with 5 additional flights a week to Birmingham, 9 additional flights to London and 6 additional flights a week to San Francisco.
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Air India Additional Flights to the UK and USA
Air India’s current weekly schedule of 34 flights to the United Kingdom will be expanded to 48 flights a week.
- 9 Additional Flights for London from Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad
- 5 Additional flights for Birmingham from Amritsar and Delhi
Birmingham will receive five additional flights per week, three from Delhi and two from Amritsar. Five additional weekly flights from Mumbai, three from Delhi, and one from Ahmedabad will arrive in London.
According to the release, seven Indian cities will now have nonstop Air India flights to the UK capital.
Similarly, Air India’s weekly flights to the United States will increase from 34 to 40.
It will reinstate a triweekly service between Mumbai and San Francisco, as well as a triweekly service between Mumbai and Bengaluru. Air India will now have 16 weekly flights, up from the current ten, with nonstop service from Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.
According to the release, the additional flights, which will be introduced in stages from October to December this year, are part of the airline’s ongoing efforts to reclaim its position as a leader on the international aviation chart.
Air India CEO & MD Campbell Wilson, said;
As the airline reinvents itself under the Vihaan.AI transformation programme, increasing frequency and improving connectivity from major Indian cities to more international destinations is a major focus.
“This sizeable frequency increase to the US and the UK, as well as the addition of new city pairs and improved aircraft cabin interiors, comes just 10 months after Air India’s acquisition by the Tata Group. It is a clear signal of our intent, and an early step towards a much bigger aspiration,” he said.
Air India to Lease 30 New Aircraft
Recently, Air India announced that it will gradually introduce 30 new aircraft, including 5 wide-body Boeing planes, beginning in December this year.
“These new aircraft, which will enter service from late 2022, will increase the airline’s fleet by over 25 per cent. Not counting the 10 long-grounded narrow-body and 6 wide-body aircraft that have been returned to service in recent months, these new aircraft mark the first major fleet expansion since Air India’s acquisition by the Tata Group earlier this year”.
Furthermore, in addition to leasing new aircraft, the airline has also been working to restore existing narrow-body and wide-body aircraft to the operating fleet.