Air India Announces Six Additional Flights to San Francisco
NEW DELHI, (IANS) – Aiming to bolster its international footprint, Air India has announced six additional flights to San Francisco. The additional flights will be introduced in a phased manner from October to December.
Flights from India to the US will increase from 34 to 40 per week.
Air India will now connect Mumbai with San Francisco with thrice-weekly service and reinstate a three-times-weekly Bengaluru operation.
This takes Air India’s San Francisco offering from 10 to 16 weekly, with non-stop service from Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.
On September 30, other than SFO, the airline announced additional flights every week to Birmingham and London in the UK. With this, Air India said, it will be able to offer over 5,000 additional seats every week.
Birmingham will receive an extra five flights per week, three from Delhi and two additional from Amritsar. London will receive nine additional weekly flights, of which, five are from Mumbai, three from Delhi and one from Ahmedabad.
Campbell Wilson, CEO & MD, Air India, said: “This sizeable frequency increase to the US and the UK, as well as the addition of new city pairs and improved aircraft cabin interiors, comes just 10 months after Air India’s acquisition by the Tata Group. It is a clear signal of our intent, and an early step towards a much bigger aspiration.”
In addition to leasing new aircraft, Air India has been working to restore existing narrow-body and wide-body aircraft to the operating fleet.
Prior to the expansion described above, the airline has already enabled frequency increases between Delhi and Vancouver, as well as the addition of numerous domestic services.