NEW DELHI: In a bid to strengthen its global reach, Air India on Friday announced the addition of 20 weekly flights to San Francisco in the US and Birmingham and London in the UK.
This is a part of the flag carrier's ongoing effort to take back the top spot on the global aviation map. The additional flights will be added gradually between October and December.
Through the addition of five weekly flights to Birmingham, nine weekly flights to London, and six weekly flights to San Francisco, Air India will be able to provide more than 5,000 additional seats each week to customers, ensuring they have a wide range of options for connectivity, convenience, and cabin space. The existing weekly schedule of Air India will increase from 34 to 48 flights to the UK. Five new flights each week, three from Delhi and two more from Amritsar, will arrive in Birmingham.
Nine more flights per week will arrive in London, five of which will come from Mumbai, three from Delhi, and one from Ahmedabad. Air India will now offer non-stop service from seven different Indian cities to London. From 34 to 40 flights each week, there will be more flights from India to the US.
In addition to resuming its three times weekly Bangalore route, Air India will now offer a three times weekly service between Mumbai and San Francisco. With nonstop service from Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru, this increases Air India's San Francisco service from 10 to 16 times per week.
It is said, Just 10 months after Tata Group acquired Air India, there will be a significant frequency increase in the US and the UK, new city pairings, better aircraft cabin interiors, and more. It is an early step toward a much larger goal and a clear indication of our intentions. Along with renting new planes, Air India has been attempting to get its wide-body and narrow-body aircraft back into service.
The airline has already made it possible to boost frequency between Delhi and Vancouver and add a number of domestic routes prior to the above-described expansion.