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xwb777
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Air India announces BOM - STN

Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:56 am

Starting from 20FEB20, Air India will be serving London Stansted three times per week onboard the B787-8.

The news comes after Air India expressed its intentions to expand in London. The addition of STN comes after seeing that it is difficult to expand at LHR.

AI133 BOM0955 – 1400STN 788 146
AI132 STN1530 – 0550+1BOM 788 146

Link: https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/ai ... -feb-2020/
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Blerg
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:57 am

Do they offer connections in BOM or is this primarily introduced for point to point traffic?
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:39 pm

Blerg wrote:
Do they offer connections in BOM or is this primarily introduced for point to point traffic?


I think its primarily P2P.
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:32 pm

With a 9:55 AM departure, I very much doubt there will be much scope for connecting flights. Maybe a 4 - 5 at most.
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:53 pm

Doesn't AI already fly BOM-ATQ-STN?
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:57 pm

I wonder if AI will follow this up with STN-DEL?
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:30 pm

If the flight departed 3 hrs later, then many connections would be possible, but with this timing only connections could be from large cities which already have multiple connections or direct flights to London..
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:32 pm

Wouldn't Gatwick be a better option to Stanstead?
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:22 pm

STN is perfect for Air India , handy for London , Birmingham and the Midlands ...
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:25 pm

africawings wrote:
Wouldn't Gatwick be a better option to Stanstead?


STN is infinitely better to capture P2P and the Indian diaspora within the U.K.
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:32 pm

Which route are they cutting/reducing in order to start this route?
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:34 pm

Slash787 wrote:
Which route are they cutting/reducing in order to start this route?

They’ll be using one of the aircrafts(the last stored wide body which is expected to be back in service) for this route according to Times Of India


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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:40 pm

I thought they would time this so this aircraft would rotate on the stn to atq sector.

VT-ANB and VT-ANJ are the current 2 x 787s not in service.
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Mon Dec 30, 2019 4:04 pm

voxkel wrote:
Doesn't AI already fly BOM-ATQ-STN?


No it is DEL-ATQ-STN.
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Mon Dec 30, 2019 4:09 pm

Is this route suppose to be an alternative to EKs STN-DXB?
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:23 pm

hohd wrote:
voxkel wrote:
Doesn't AI already fly BOM-ATQ-STN?


No it is DEL-ATQ-STN.


The aircraft rotation is BOM-ATQ-STN v.v.
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/ai165
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:15 pm

AI followed through on BOM-NBO as well.

But I believe they were also set to launch DEL-MAA-Bali but that hasn't happened. Any word on that, or is that plan shelved?
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:30 pm

Galwayman wrote:
STN is perfect for Air India , handy for London , Birmingham and the Midlands ...


Any ideas on the size of this market?
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:00 am

vadodara wrote:
Galwayman wrote:
STN is perfect for Air India , handy for London , Birmingham and the Midlands ...


Any ideas on the size of this market?


In a word, huge
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:46 am

Why did they choose STN over Gatwick given that the latter is the 2nd major airport?
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:56 am

caliboy93 wrote:
Why did they choose STN over Gatwick given that the latter is the 2nd major airport?


I think the Indian diaspora is closer to STN.

On another note is this just making STN-ATQ-BOM a non-stop, or will this be in addition to the 1-stop via ATQ?
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:15 am

As Voxkel states STN is relatively easy to get to from the East Midlands plus having started the Amritsar flights a few months ago they must be satisfied with with STN.
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:57 am

vadodara wrote:
Galwayman wrote:
STN is perfect for Air India , handy for London , Birmingham and the Midlands ...


Any ideas on the size of this market?


Well you have the hourly CrossCountry trains which travels from Birmingham to Stansted, via Leicester and Peterborough. The only snag is this service is notorious for delays.
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:01 am

hohd wrote:
If the flight departed 3 hrs later, then many connections would be possible, but with this timing only connections could be from large cities which already have multiple connections or direct flights to London..


Going by Air India's lack of punctuality, most flights will probably be delayed by 3+ hours anyway and will be perfect timing for the connections you suggest! :rotfl:
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:22 pm

voxkel wrote:


On another note is this just making STN-ATQ-BOM a non-stop, or will this be in addition to the 1-stop via ATQ?

This is an additional flight. AI165 has a 03:10 AM departure out of ATQ. The a/c rotation on AI165/166 is BOM-ATQ-STN-ATQ-BOM whereas on this one is BOM-STN-BOM
https://twitter.com/KaranAtALounge/stat ... 5799977984
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:16 pm

AI was keen to fill up the void left by the now defunct 9W on the BOM-LHR route, which had upto x3 daily on a 77W. However, due to lack of slots at LHR, they chose STN. They could have instead shifted the x7 weekly of (which is split between) BLR/AMD-LHR , to STN.
And used those freed up slots for second daily BOM-LHR, rather than this split airport operations for BOM-London flights. Also BOM has considerable premium traffic over BLR/AMD, to make that justifiable.
 
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Re: Air India announces BOM - STN

Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:42 pm

smallvoyageur wrote:
vadodara wrote:
Galwayman wrote:
STN is perfect for Air India , handy for London , Birmingham and the Midlands ...


Any ideas on the size of this market?


Well you have the hourly CrossCountry trains which travels from Birmingham to Stansted, via Leicester and Peterborough. The only snag is this service is notorious for delays.


AI already flies to Birmingham from ATQ and DEL, so this flight is in addition to that. Perhaps to capture BOM market for Birmingham and Stansted area. Regarding premium traffic, BLR also has fair amount of premium traffic, AMD not much.

The only void in the UK network is now Manchester, which Jet was flying, perhaps AI should try either from BOM or DEL or both.

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