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Air India, India’s leading airline and a Star Alliance member, announced on Wednesday, November 23, the launch of new flights connecting Mumbai with New York, Paris, and Frankfurt, and the resumption of non-stop flights connecting Delhi with Copenhagen, Milan, and Vienna.
With an eye on strengthening and expanding its global footprint, Air India has augmented its fleet with newly-leased aircraft. The new Mumbai-New York service will operate daily to John F Kennedy International Airport using B777-200LR aircraft and will commence on February 14, 2023.
The service will complement Air India’s existing daily service from Delhi to the New York area’s John F Kennedy International Airport and 4 weekly flights to Newark Liberty airport. This takes Air India’s India-US frequency to 47 non-stop flights per week.
To Europe, Air India will add four weekly Delhi-Milan flights starting from February 1, 2023, and thrice-weekly flights on each of Delhi-Vienna and Delhi-Copenhagen, commencing from February 18 and March 1, 2023 respectively.
From Mumbai, new flights are also planned to Paris (thrice a week) and Frankfurt (four times a week) starting next quarter. All these flights will be operated by Air India’s B787-8 Dreamliner aircraft featuring 18 Business Class and 238 Economy Class seats.
With the resumption of these flights, Air India will serve 7 cities in Europe with 79 weekly non-stop flights – 48 to the United Kingdom and 31 to Continental Europe. Commenting on this expansion, Campbell Wilson, CEO, and MD of Air India said, “A key element of our five-year transformation plan, is to strengthen India’s global network, connecting India’s major cities with even more destinations. The introduction of these new non-stop flights to New York, Milan, Vienna, Copenhagen, Paris, and Frankfurt, is another step in that journey, which will accelerate as our aircraft fleet expands. We look forward to welcoming guests and sharing Air India’s warm Indian hospitality with them.”
Except for Paris and Frankfurt, bookings for the new flights are now open. Air India officials said that the schedules and opening of bookings for Paris and Frankfurt flights will be announced separately.