As a part of the switch to the domestic schedule from 26th March onwards, Air India has made the following changes to its schedule and capacities:
Added 3 new flights:
- Delhi – Bahrain – Delhi
- Visakhapatnam – Dubai – Visakhapatnam
- Hyderabad – Kolkata – Hyderabad
In addition, services on the following routes have been increased:
- Delhi – Tokyo – Delhi : From 4x to 5x per week
- Delhi – Dammam – Delhi : From 2x per week to 7x flights
- Delhi – Riyadh – Delhi : From 2x per week to 3x per week
- Mumbai – Cochin – Mumbai : From 1x daily flight to 2x daily flights
And while it was upto it, it upgraded its equipment on a few of the segments as well:
- Mumbai – Riyadh – Mumbai on a B777 instead of B747
- Delhi – Singapore – Delhi on a B777 instead of A319
- Mumbai – Singapore – Mumbai on a A330 instead of A320
- Delhi – Visakhapatnam – Delhi on a A321 instead of CRJs
They are now offering all Flying Returns (Air India’s Loyalty program), members a 100% bonus mileage for flights taken from 1st April 2012 to 30th June 2012 on any of these routes.
I’ve been a Flying Returns member for a very long time now, about 8 years or so, but over the years I’ve moved most of my flying to Jet Airways in India. Recently, they made some good changes to the program, which were perhaps in the run-up to joining the Star Alliance. The good thing about an Air India award ticket is you will usually get open seats all the time and at a reasonable rate.
Going by this bounty, I hope if and when they do join the Star Alliance, there will be another big promotion from their end then. In the meanwhile, if you fly AI, these are some bonus mileage opportunities for you.
- Air India’s Flying Returns now has some frequent flyer benefits!
- Air India back in the running for *A, taking Jet Airways along?