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Air India To Fly LHR - Ahmedabad Nonstop  
User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4335 times:

Air India will reroute AI 122 of 23 September via Ahmedabad to cater for the additional demand to that destination due to the Navratri festival in the area.

The flight will now operate with the following schedule (all times in IST ie. GMT+5.5) :

24.09 AI122 CHI LON 0710 1445 SC B400
24.09 AI122 LON AMD 1630 0115 SC B400
25.09 AI122 AMD BOM 0230 0335 SC B400

This is believed to be the first scheduled nonstop flight into Ahmedabad from Europe. The runway there was only recently resurfaced to accomodate Boeing 747s.

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User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2051 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4251 times:

And here I was excited, thinking maybe it would be a dedicated service. Anyone remember the London-Moscow-Amritsar-Delhi 707 service- think it was still operating in the '80's.

User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4194 times:

wasnt AI planning on flying Bangalore-FRA-SFO?

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4187 times:

wasnt AI planning on flying Bangalore-FRA-SFO?

No. That was a rumor that came out in some paper or the other but never had any teeth to it. AI is however launching BLR-BOM-FRA-ORD direct flights from December.


User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16228 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4175 times:

Anyone remember the London-Moscow-Amritsar-Delhi 707

I thought that service terminated in BHX not LHR?




Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2051 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4170 times:

Oops I stand corrected- the 707 did indeed terminate in BHX.
Glad somebody remembered- my memory must be playing tricks on me- pretty soon I might convince myself that Garuda is a world-class airline!


User currently offlineBehramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4716 posts, RR: 44
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4140 times:

There is enough demand in India for Air India to start nonstop flights to LHR from the following cities :

1. Calcutta
2. Chennai
3. Bangalore
4. Hyderabad
5. Amritsar / Ahmedabad

These cities would do well for Air India if they are given 2-3-4 weekly flights to LHR nonstop on 250-350 seater aircraft!

BA-KLM flies to CCU whilst LH flies to the first 4.


User currently offlineJETSET123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 40 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3993 times:

I have always found Air India much more expensive than Lufthansa, KLM, and Austrian so maybe the demand is being taken up by these guys.

Regs

Jason


User currently offlineZizou From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 1535 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3826 times:

On a side note, Uzbekistan Airlines is likely to add flights to Ahmedabad and Thiruvananthapuram soon. They already fly to Delhi (4x a week) and Amritsar (7x a week). I guess more feeder traffic for their flights to Birmingham!

User currently offlineBCALPRIDE From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 38 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3796 times:

It would make sence for Air India to have a dedicated service from Ahmedabad and Amritsar to the UK since most indians who travel there seem to be from Gujrat and the Punjab.

But then, does anything AI do make sense?


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3800 times:

It would make sence for Air India to have a dedicated service from Ahmedabad and Amritsar to the UK since most indians who travel there seem to be from Gujrat and the Punjab.

Air India would like nothing more than to be able to serve AMD-LHR nonstop, but until more LHR slots become available the limited resources have to be allocated to the hub markets, namely BOM and DEL.


User currently offlineBCALPRIDE From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 38 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3782 times:

Didn't know that. sorry!

As a matter of fact how many BOM-LHR slots are there for AI?


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3783 times:

As a matter of fact how many BOM-LHR slots are there for AI

The bilateral awards Air India a total of 17 frequencies between India and LHR. To date, slots have only been made available for 11 weekly services split between BOM and DEL.


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