Camair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 9 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2844 times:
it has been discussed here some time ago, that Air India was about to start services from India (BOM or DEL) via Europe (possibly FRA) to SFO. Does anyone have news on this?
I couldn't find any official statement on this from AI but would be happy to know as I will be flying to California end of March.
Tundra767 From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2005, 430 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2729 times:
Quoting Gr8Circle (Reply 2): What's that got to do with a long term plan for starting operations to SFO ?
Exactly what you said not having enough aircraft. Was said being sarcastic as they have had the 744 sitting in LAX. It appears that it is not going any place to fast. Would be great to see AI expand sooner rather then latter to SFO. Would also be great to see the 777 in LAX.
Karan69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2892 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2591 times:
On 13th January when AI signed the 68 aircraft oreder with Boeing, they stated that the new aircraft would enable them to start new routes that their passengers demand like DEL-NewYork and Mumbai-SanFrancisco.
That was said by their CMD, V, Tulsidas...
So as of now until the 777-200 LRs come in no chance of starting a SFO service, or you may never know if demand is great they might as well have one via FRA and one Non-stop service.
CamAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2560 times:
Quoting Nimish (Reply 7): If you're keen to fly AI to California - your best bet is to fly to LAX!
Thanks. That's what I'm going to do. As I am going to spend some time in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, it is the same to me. I was just dreaming of flying FRA-LAX and on the way back SFO-FRA. But so I will have to take the train (or a local flight) two times. No problem.
Thanks for the hints.
AirScoot From United States of America, joined May 2005, 688 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2512 times:
Quoting CamAir (Reply 11): My travel agent told me that was only possible when AI operates the flight LAX-SFO-LAX itself, not over a partner airline. Is that not true?
It depends on how they decide to file the fare. In most instances (including how they have it filed now) you should be able to - but they have everything filed such that you can only stop over in europe. Right now the LAX-SFO would sector out as a seperate charge included in the price of the ticket. Say it's $500 FRA-LAX/SFO-FRA.. if you wanted to stop in Los Angeles then continue on to San Francisco then stop for a couple of days.. then continue back to Frankfurt... the stopover would be in the US so at an additional charge.
That said, the difference in fare isn't so bad.
I'm not really up on AI as much as I used to be. I know they don't have a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement with anyone in the US as yet, but do they have an airline that they partner with regularly?