I am particularly interested in the O&D between Perth and India, a route AI served some time ago.. does anyone have any ideas whether starting flights at PER is considered and would be economically?
It would be nice to think so - sure miss those cute maharajah TV
ads from my childhood but with over 1600 seats average a day both ways between PER
with all the connections available in SIN
it's not likely to happen.
If anyone's interested here's a summary of the history of Air India's Australian ops lifted from their website. As shown AI
had two goes with services into Perth - it didn't state but I think the last effort ended around 1998/99.
October 5 Extension of the Bombay / Singapore service to Sydney via Darwin with L-1049
May 7 Introduction of Boeing 707s on the Sydney route with the service operating via Bangkok instead of via Madras. Withdrawal of Super Constellations from scheduled operations.
October 1 Introduction of Perth on Bombay / Sydney route as a scheduled halt instead of Darwin which was a technical halt.
March 29 Boeing 747-200 introduced on Australia route. VT
-EDU "Emperor Akbar" commanded by Capt. C.R.S. Rao operated the first flight to Sydney via Madras, Singapore and Perth.
June 1 Singapore eliminated as a halt on Bombay / Sydney weekly service which now operates Bombay / Perth / Sydney / Melbourne / Perth / Bombay.
April 3 Perth becomes off-line. AI
-404/411 operated at Bombay / Singapore / Sydney / Singapore / Bombay.
January 31 Operations to Sydney withdrawn as they continue to be uneconomic. The last flight AI
-424/431 was operated on the India /Sydney sector on January 31,1991.
March 2 Operations to Perth reintroduced the twice weekly services are operated with Air-India`s own A310 aircraft on Mondays and Thursdays on the routing Mumbai-Bangalore-Singapore-Perth-Singapore- Bangalore-Mumbai. With the reintroduction of this service, Air-India`s worldwide route network once again covers all five continents.
... but not now unfortunately ...