hohd wrote:US also arranged some charters from India, but they chose only DL and not AI, which at that time was also flying. So India has a right to choose an Indian carrier. US State dept also can through UA or DL operate the "charter" flights now, just like India is doing through AI. These are special circumstances and most of these flights are government run.
Until international flights resume back to India and also until India permits US residents to visit India, this kind of arrangement will remain. India would not have blocked UA or DL if it was operated for and by the US government.
AI flights are being charged to the end-user right they simply don't meet the definition for 121 supplemental operations ergo (in the DOT's eyes) their not charter there scheduled ops and those according to the bilateral agreement cannot be a one-way arrangement, Its obvious by the fact that they are being sold by the GDS, with no additional package elements, interlining with traditional AI operations, simply don't meet the definition of being charter services operated for the indian government.