Air India, in 2013, launched the Amritsar-Delhi-Birmingham route on the Boeing 787 aeroplanes, one of the first routes with the then new plane type for them. While initially launching 4 flights a week, at some point in time, the route was made a daily route. Clearly, Air India was not fully convinced about the potential of the Amritsar Birmingham route and hence backtracked the flight via Delhi to ensure loads were reasonable.
However, yesterday, Air India and Birmingham Airport have announced the launch of a non-stop flight between Birmingham and Amritsar next year sometime. The exact date is yet to be confirmed, however, Air India expects it to be early 2018. Air India will operate the flight twice a week. Once it launches, the route will be the only non-stop service from the UK to Amritsar. (Update: The date of the launch of the direct flight will be February 20, 2018)
Air India has carried almost 500,000 passengers on its Birmingham-Delhi route since it was launched in August 2013, which does not indicate bad loads at all at about 60% occupancy or more.
This route will be again operated by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with 18 business class seats and 238 economy class seats.
I’m just hoping 9 services a week between these city pairs are not a bit much, and also the new flight does not affect the existing daily flights.
What do you think about the launch of the new flights between Amritsar and Birmingham?