Air India, which is owned by the global corporation Tata, intends to expand its domestic and international destinations. The airline has stated that direct flights connecting Mumbai, New York, Paris, and Frankfurt would resume in February 2023.
Additionally, Air India has announced the reinstatement of uninterrupted flights between Delhi, Milan, Copenhagen, and Vienna. On 14 February of next year, Air India will launch nonstop flights between Mumbai and New York.
Air India asserts that it is making headway in its ambition to enhance its fleet size by leasing new aircraft and reintroducing older aircraft that had been previously removed from operation. As a result of its global expansion, Air India needs more pilots and flight attendants.
The airline is attempting to resolve the problem by hiring international pilots and giving voluntary retirement to its cabin staff as part of its Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) for permanent employees, which was implemented earlier this year. This deal expires on January 31, 2023.
“Our global network, which links major cities in India to many more locations, will be bolstered as part of our five-year transformation strategy, Vihaan. AI. These additional nonstop routes to New York, Milan, Vienna, Copenhagen, Paris, and Frankfurt are an important part of that process, which will pick up speed as our fleet of planes grows,” said the airline’s CEO and MD, Campbell Wilson.
According to the statement, Air India will commence nonstop service between Mumbai and New York City, boosting its weekly total of nonstop flights between India and the United States to 47. Currently, the airline offers daily service between Delhi and New York, as well as four weekly flights to Newark Liberty airport.
Beginning on 1 February 2023, Air India will provide four weekly flights between Delhi and Milan. On 18 February 2023, the airline will begin serving three weekly flights between Delhi and Vienna, followed by four weekly flights between Delhi and Copenhagen on 1 March 2023.
New flights to Paris (three times per week) and Frankfurt (four times per week) will also be accessible from Mumbai commencing in the following quarter. Air India will operate these flights using the B787-8 Dreamliner aircraft, which has 18 Business Class and 238 Economy Class seats.
Because of its reinstatement, Air India will operate nonstop service to seven European destinations, including 48 weekly flights to the United Kingdom and 31 weekly flights to the Continent.