blr380 From United States of America, joined Sep 2009, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 11978 times:
good to see the non-stop YYZ route back. I njoyed AC service a few years back when they flew the route non-stop. Is there any reason behind 6 wky/daily flights (bilaterals?)
Nice to see AI expand in DEL and making it a true int'l hub.
pnwtraveler From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 2371 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 11693 times:
Nonstop is one way to offset some of the threat from EK connecting through DBX and competition from Jet out of YYZ connecting through BRU. If they have an idea that AC will resume service to India when the 787's arrive they also might want to re-establish a direct link beforehand.
Traffic to and from India is known for very heavy passenger baggage volume. Some of the visits are for extended stays of relatives coming to visit family living in Canada. As well family going back to India from Canada tend to get a long list of items that family members want brought. Watch an AI flight checkin and you get the idea very quickly.
fortunerunnner From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 11684 times:
Quoting ojas (Reply 6):
DEL - JFK is a B77W from the winter schedule. DEL - MEL is not clear as of now. But with almost all B77Ls being utilised given the existing schedules out of DEL; MEL should be a B77W.
Wouldn't 77W be too big of a plane to fill for a brand new route that never existed or there is that much of a perceived demand?
golfradio From Canada, joined Jun 2009, 882 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 11570 times:
I hope with this newest tactic of the T3 hub, AI gets it's house in order. If they cannot offer convenient connectors departing within 2-4 hours of arrival, it's going to be useless. Currently, it's the likes of EK, EY and QR who are connecting India better than it's national airline.
I have to fly to BLR in September on business and was looking for options. AI came up with AI188 YYZ-LHR-DEL-BLR a freaking 8 hour layover in DEL. I instead booked tickets for YYZ-IAD-DOH-BLR on AA and QR with max layovers of 2 hours.
behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 5085 posts, RR: 47
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 11480 times:
No the capacity of the B 77W is ideal for this route as it will cater to O&D traffic from all of Canada (with AC interline from YYZ) to all of India (via DEL) as well as to DAC and KTM.
Between Nov-Feb, this flight should see near full loads where as between March-November, it might do in the mid 70s% range. The flight schedule is also very good in the sense that there will be no more stressful 'fog related' delays during the peak winter season.
9W will suffer big time due to this from YYZ as they are using an older A 332 on this route with 18J + 236Y with an old J class product that does not offer flat bed seating.
LAXDESI From United States of America, joined May 2005, 5086 posts, RR: 47
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 11457 times:
Quoting behramjee (Reply 11): No the capacity of the B 77W is ideal for this route as it will cater to O&D traffic from all of Canada (with AC interline from YYZ) to all of India (via DEL) as well as to DAC and KTM.
Does AI fly non-stop from Delhi to Colombo? Or any other carrier?
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 27544 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 11430 times:
Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 9): Is AC planning on putting a codeshare on this flight once AI joins Star?
AC already codeshares on 9W flights, both their direct flights YYZ-DEL via BRU and on connecting AC/9W flights via LHR.. Once AI joins Star I would expect AC may end that relationship and switch the codeshare to AI.
jfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 9109 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 11003 times:
Air India going to all the big North American cities nonstop, what a concept. They ordered all these 777 but stopped in FRA and LHR like they have been doing since Independence. This is what should have been done in 2004 when the 777 arrived. Now AI has a new strategy, fly nonstop to all the Big Star Alliance in North America.