A few days ago, I wrote about the international expansion plans of Jet Airways, now that they are in a comfortable financial position again. It seems we may have some information about what are the plans at Air India as well. Although some of this is chatter, and some has been said before. Just as a recap, Air India recently launched a 3x per week flight to Vienna, to take over the flight that Austrian ceased to operate to Delhi.
From then to now, many a new routes have made the noise on the Air India side of things as well. We already know that within 2 months or so, Air India will start a London to Newark flight with fifth freedom rights using a Boeing 787-800 plane. I am still to write about it. But there is more in the air:
- Delhi to Spain:There is a lot of chatter that AI will announce a flight to Spain soon (Madrid and/or Barcelona are being considered?), and the flight will happen next year. The airline’s commercial director has already boasted about this in the press, so it must be a matter of time before this happens. I expect this to be a single flight flying between both the destinations, just like Air India makes it happen in the case of their Australia and Italy flights. But it could also be just one destination rather than both.
- Delhi to Washington DC: This one almost seems like a done deal, but I’m surprised they did not announce this on the current trip of the Indian PM to Washington DC. Air India used to operate Delhi to Washington DC via New York earlier.
- Delhi to Denmark/Sweden?: As per this news report, Air India is also considering entering the Nordic spaces with a flight to Copenhagen or Stockholm sometime in 2017.
I am hoping I am not missing out on any routes in the plans at the moment.
What do you guys think of this new International expansion of Air India. I sure do hope they stay profitable after all these routes…