A few days ago, a Twitter User @ArenaJet posted a tweet regarding the upcoming international destinations of Air India. The tweet was sourced from Air India’s internal communications as a result of which, it was deleted. Now, the airline has confirmed its new destinations.
In the updated route map of Air India, the airline has included seven international destinations. Continue reading this blog to get information regarding all the new routes and destinations.
Three US Additions
Air India has added three more destinations in the United States of America. These are – Seattle, Los Angeles, and Dallas-Fort Worth. With the introduction of services to LAX and Seattle Tacoma International Airport, the airline is aiming to enhance its presence in the West Coast.
The current network of Air India includes Newark, New York JFK, Chicago, Washington, and San Francisco. The airline utilizes its Boeing 777 fleet for most of these routes. Washington DC services are operated using the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
Air India has taken deliveries of 5 former Delta Boeing 777-200LRs and 3 former Etihad Boeing 777-300ERs. The airline yesterday received delivery of a former Etihad Boeing 777-300ER registered as VT-AEM. US network based out of Mumbai currently witnesses the deployment of these jets with a premium cabin.
With these new additions, the airline will be operating to 8 American cities and 10 cities in the North American continent.
Two Additions in Europe
During privatization, Air India had plans to increase its European capacity and network by 300%. The airline is well on track to achieve this. In the updated network map, it has added two European cities as well. These additions are Rome and Zurich.
In 2020, Air India suspended services from Rome Airport citing a cash crunch as the reason. Now, the airline is returning to the airport. This will be a second connection to Italy. In March 2023, the airline launched flights to Milan. Earlier, Air India used to operate flights to Rome and Milan in a triangular schedule.
The aircraft operated the Delhi – Rome – Milan – Delhi route before the pandemic. It will be interesting to see, whether Air India starts non-stop flights to Rome, or resume with this triangular schedule.
Another destination to be started in Europe is Zurich. The flag carrier of Switzerland, Swiss International Airlines has already convened its plans to expand its presence in India, once it has suitable aircraft for the job. The airline wants to connect Zurich to Bengaluru. Now, Air India is also planning to start Zurich flights.
South Asian Additions
Air India will be adding flights to two more international destinations, this time in the southern part of Asia. The airline will be connecting Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Jakarta in Indonesia.
With the Kuala Lumpur flight, Air India will become the only Indian airline to operate on this route. With effect from December 1, Malaysia has allowed visa-free entry to all Indian citizens. As a result of this, the travel demand between India and Malaysia has peaked. The market is dominated by Malaysian Air Carriers like AirAsia, Batik Air and Malaysia Airlines.
Jakarta is recently one of the most talked about destinations. In 2019, Garuda Indonesia suspended its services to Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport because of a lower Passenger Load Factor. Last year, IndiGo launched direct flight services between Jakarta Soekarno Hatta International Airport and Mumbai. The airline launched daily flights and is operating with good PLF.
Now, Air India is also looking to start this route. With this connection, Air India will become the second airline connecting India to Jakarta. The airline recently started a new destination in Southeast Asia in the form of Phuket.
With effect from December 15, the airline launched 4 times weekly flights between Delhi and Phuket. Air India has also applied for slots at Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The airline aims to connect Manila to Delhi and Mumbai.
Source: Air India