Last night, I wrote about the upcoming flight of Air India from Delhi to Washington DC which will be launched in 2017. The airline has been on an expansion spree over the past two years, launching and increasing frequencies on a number of routes.
In 2015, Air India launched a long flight to San Francisco from Delhi, 3x every week. They recently doubled the flight to 6 times a week given the good response they received to that flight. They started a fifth freedom flight between London and Newark, by launching an Ahmedabad – London – Newark flight. They launched flights to Madrid as well in December 2016 and took over the Delhi – Vienna flights from Austrian.
Last year, in a commentary about Air India’s international plans, I had also mentioned the possibility of a flight being launched from Delhi to the Nordics. The toss-up was between going to Denmark or Sweden. It seems the jury is out.
Air India yesterday announced they will be starting a flight to Copenhagen in May 2017. The flight will be on a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, shortly after the airline receives a new one in the coming months.
— Air India (@airindiain) January 16, 2017
Air India already operates flights to Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Rome, Milan and Vienna in Europe, a lot of them with Boeing 787-8, which allows for economics to work on long and thin routes.
I’m impressed with the flurry of flights Air India is launching. However, I’m also keen to see how are they performing on the existing routes, since I’ve never taken an international Air India 787 flight in my life, and I’m not sure if the planes are full or empty.
What do you make of this new move to launch flights by Air India, a member of the Star Alliance network?