Mumbai: Government-run airline Air India has decided to provide flight services from Mumbai to New York this year during winter. The company has also brought back the Frankfurt services which were discontinued in the year 2010. Also Read - Air India Halts All Bookings Till April 30, But What About Employees' Pay?
The national carrier carries flight operations from New Delhi to New York, Washington, San Francisco; Chicago from Hyderabad through New Delhi and from Mumbai to Newark. Also Read - Not Just China, New York Too Has Over 80 'Wet Markets' That Sell & Slaughter Live Animals
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According to a source in the know about the matter, “Air India is set to spread its wings further in the US and European skies from the coming winters. As part of this, it will launch flight services for the first time to New York from Mumbai and restart operations to Frankfurt in Germany.”
The source added that the two new flights would most probably be rolled out from October. A spokesperson of Air India also reportedly confirmed the proposed launch of the two new international flights. The spokesperson said, “The two new flights are a part of our winter schedule. We have all regulatory approvals in place for the Frankfurt flight and the same for JFK services are being processed.”
The winter schedule of airlines in the country starts from the last Sunday of October and remains in force till the last week of March, after which, the summer schedule comes into effect.
Air India is the only domestic carrier which flies to destinations in the US directly.
According to the source, the Mumbai-Frankfurt flight will be four-times-a-week service and be operated by the airline’s flagship jetliner Boeing 787-800, while the Mumbai- New York will be three times per week service with Boeing 777-300ER.
Following the launch of the two services, Air India will be offering a total of 36 weekly flights to the US cities from New Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad, the source added.
Currently, it operates nine flights per week to San Francisco, seven times a week to Chicago, Newark and JFK and three weekly services to Washington.
(With PTI inputs)