B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2216 times:
Air India will inaugurate the first ever scheduled service by an Indian carrier to mainland China today when its first flight lands at Shanghai's Pu-Dong airport at 8pm local time.
The twice-weekly flight will operate via Bangkok with Airbus 310-300 aircraft configured with 201 seats in a 2-class configuration. Full traffic rights are available for the Bangkok-Shanghai sector.
The response to the new flights has been terrific, with the first flight already oversold and every flight booked to capacity until February. The airline has plans to increase frequency to the maximum four-weekly allowed by the India-China bilateral in March, and to press for increased rights to China during the April round of bilateral aviation discussions between the Governments.
Shanghai becomes Air India's 25th international destination, in addition to 12 international gateways in India.
Air India is the flag carrier of India and by the end of 2003 will operate a fleet consisting of 14 Boeing 747s and 19 Airbus 310s. The airline services 37 destinations in 18 countries on 4 continents with its own aircraft and codeshares to 11 additional destinations.
Behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 5067 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2186 times:
Why must they operate via BKK and not fly nonstop BOM-DEL-PVG? Do they expect a lot of traffic on the BKK-PVG-BKK route which has better airlines serving it on more than a daily basis?
PIA flies KHI-ISB-PEK nonstop twice weekly with A 313s too and has good loads.
If AI increases PVG flights then they should try and send their B 743 Combi there due to its extra cargo carrying capacity which will generate a lot of revenue as both India's and China's trade with each order is HUGE!
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2160 times:
Did these flights leave India full with passengers bound for Bangkok or were they really headed to Shanghai? The India-Bangkok sector is woefully underserved this time of the year, so I suspect that the flight was full of Indian yuppies on a SE Asian travel junket.