B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2992 times:
Air India will be increasing the frequency of their BOM-CDG-EWR flights effective March 30 by adding an additional weekly flight.
The new flight will operate on Sundays using Boeing 747-400 aircraft. The flights currently operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Newark flights have been an overwhelming success for Air India, as can be shown by this increase in capacity after less than 3 months of operation.
Air India will now offer over 6000 weekly direct seats between India and the United States - more than all other carriers on the route combined. In addition to 4x weekly EWR flights, the carrier also operates daily services to JFK and 3x weekly services to ORD.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2863 times:
JFK flights will remain daily via LHR.
ORD flights will remain 3x weekly via LHR.
EWR flights will increase from 3x to 4x weekly.
Totally there will be 14x weekly services to the United States.
The only difference in JFK operations is that AI 111 of Tuesdays will operate DEL-LHR-JFK rather than BOM-DEL-LHR-JFK as currently operated. Simultaneously, AI 125 will operate BOM-LHR-ORD instead of BOM-DEL-LHR-ORD. AI 111 and AI 101 of other days will remain as before. Passengers flying to JFK from BOM can connect at LHR from AI 125 and those from DEL to ORD can connect at BOM off the inbound AI 112.
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2798 times:
"Simultaneously, AI 125 will operate BOM-LHR-ORD instead of BOM-DEL-LHR-ORD. AI 111 and AI 101 of other days will remain as before. Passengers flying to JFK from BOM can connect at LHR from AI 125 and those from DEL to ORD can connect at BOM off the inbound AI 112."
Oh. The horrors of hubbing at LHR, T3. Having failed to make my connections on numerous BA flights at T4 because of the usual LHR snafus, I wonder if AI can make this fly.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2796 times:
Jaysit - I think it is a very interesting tactic that AI is experimenting with, and this once-a-week experiment on a traditionally slow traffic day is probably the best time to give it a shot.
In the long run, AI's strategy will likely involve multiple smaller capacity aircraft feeding a European gateway from various points in India and larger capacity aircraft then consolidating the traffic on the transatlantic sectors, not unlike what NWA does to feed their AMS-BOM flight.
ContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 14 Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2748 times:
That's great news. Air India is actually a pretty good airline, with decent food, clean cabins, and generally friendly flight crews. There is a lack of direct air service from the US to India (United dropped the round the world flight that stopped in Delhi), DL flies only via CDG, and NW/KL operate from AMS. United was supposed to start ORD-DEL nonstop with a 747-400 but that was before September 11th and Chapter 11.
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2713 times:
Sean - I think its a very interesting tactic too, one that should have been tried years ago with 777s (or horror of horrors, the A340). The whole idea of having to add 4 hours to your Bom-LHR flight because of a stop in Delhi was atrocious, especially given that the competition had daily nonstops to most European hubs. My concern is: can AI pull it off? If you miss your BA connection at LHR for JFK or IAD or LAX, you can always get on the next flight. If the aircraft leaving Bom or Del encounters technical problems or fog in Delhi, then larger carriers can put their passengers with missed connection on another aircraft, something that AI isn't equipped to do. Still, is LHR the right hub? I've found myself sitting on the tarmac for nearly 1 hour because of traffic on the taxiways and lack of gate space. I suppose if T5 takes off, and if AI is granted sufficient landing rights at LHR, then LHR would be the perfect hub given AI's traditional meat and potatoes traffic base in the UK.