Air India will launch service to Salalah (SLL) in Oman effective from 1 April 2004.
Services will operate once weekly from Kozhikode (CCJ) via Al-Ain (AAN) in the UAE using Airbus 310-300 aircraft. These flights will be in addition to the already existing 23 weekly services to Muscat from Mumbai (BOM), Delhi (DEL), Kochi (COK) and Kozhikode (CCJ). There will be no fifth freedom rights available on the intra-Arabian sector.
Schedules will be as follows :
901/902 (ops. Thu)
CCJ d 0935 AAN a 1130 d 1230 SLL a 1405 d 1505 CCJ a 2040
Salalah becomes Air India's 26th international destination, in addition to 12 international gateways in India. This service will be the first nonstop flights from Salalah to the Indian Subcontinent.
Air India is the flag carrier of India and operates a fleet consisting of 14 Boeing 747s and 18 Airbus 310s. The airline services 38 destinations in 19 countries on 4 continents with its own aircraft and codeshares to 11 additional destinations.
"The A340-300 may boast a long range, but the A340 is underpowered" -- Robert Milton, CEO - Air Canada