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The Air India ramp at Mumbai CSMI Airport. Photo by and copyright Devesh Agarwal.
The Air India ramp at Mumbai CSMI Airport. Photo by and copyright Devesh Agarwal.

Air India announces new flights to Washington DC, Copenhagen, Bangkok

National carrier Air India has announced it shall start direct flights between New Delhi (DEL) and Washington Dulles (IAD) in July 2017. This flight will be the fifth direct connection with the US and shall be operated by a Boeing 777 aircraft, though the carrier has not specified whether this will be on the 777-200LR or the larger 777-300ER.

The carrier will also commence non-stop flights between New Delhi and Copenhagen (CPH), the capital of Denmark in May 2017 using the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

Both Washington DC and Copenhagen are major hubs for Star Alliance partners. Washington for United Airlines and Copenhagen for Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). Air India will expectedly use its Star Alliance membership to leverage onward connections within the United States and with Sweden, Norway, and Finland.

In May 2017, Air India will start direct flight operations between Chandigarh and Bangkok and between Kolkata and Bangkok, and will also add a second flight between New Delhi and Bangkok.

Domestic increases are also on the anvil. A direct flight from New Delhi to Port Blair will commence in May, a second frequency on New Delhi Nagpur, a fourth New Delhi Ahmedabad, and a second New Delhi Leh service.

A broad time table is given, though specifics like a schedule and exact dates are lacking

MARCH 2017
Delhi-Nagpur-Delhi – 2nd frequency
Delhi-Ahmedabad-Delhi – 4th frequency

MAY 2017
Delhi-Leh-Delhi – 2nd frequency
Delhi-Port Blair-Delhi
Chandigarh-Bangkok-Chandigarh
Delhi-Bangkok-Delhi – 2nd freq
Kolkata-Bangkok-Kolkata
Delhi-Copenhagen-Delhi -with Boeing 787 type of aircraft

JULY 2017

Delhi-Washington-Delhi -with Boeing 777 type of aircraft

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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