Air India to launch new flights to New York, Paris & Frankfurt

Tata Group-owned Air India on Wednesday announced the launch of new flights connecting Mumbai with New York, Paris and Frankfurt

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Air India to launch new flights to New York, Paris & Frankfurt

Mumbai: Tata Group-owned Air India on Wednesday announced the launch of new flights connecting Mumbai with New York, Paris and Frankfurt. The services will start from February next year, the company said in a press statement. Besides, the full-service carrier also announced the resumption of non-stop flights connecting Delhi with Copenhagen, Milan and Vienna. The Mumbai-New York (JFK International Airport) daily service will commence from February 14 next year, Air India said.

Mumbai-New York service will complement the airline’s existing daily service from Delhi to New York and four weekly flights to Newark Liberty airport, it said, adding that this will take Air India’s India-US frequency to 47 non-stop flights per week.

Air India will add four weekly Delhi-Milan route starting from February 1, and thrice-weekly flights on each of Delhi-Vienna and Delhi-Copenhagen commencing from February 18 and March 1, 2023 respectively, the airline added.

New flights to fly from Mumbai to Paris & Frankfurt from next quarter: Air India

Besides them, new flights are also planned from Mumbai to Paris (three times/week) and Frankfurt (four times/week) starting from next quarter, Air India said. All these flights will be operated by Air India’s B787-8 Dreamliner aircraft featuring 18 business class and 238 economy class seats. With the resumption of these flights, Air India said it will serve seven cities in Europe with 79 weekly non-stop flights. Out of these, 48 will be flying to UK and 31 to Continental Europe.

AI to hire expat pilots to meet its shortage of cockpit

Air India said it continues to make progress in augmenting its fleet with newly leased aircraft, and the return of existing aircraft to active service. The international expansion comes at a time when Air India is grappling with the shortage of both cockpit and cabin crew.

Air India to hire expat pilots for its wide-body planes

AI announced VRS scheme for its permanent employees

Amid this shortage, the airline is looking to hire expat pilots and has also offered its cabin crew, who have opted to retire following the company’s Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) scheme for its permanent employees earlier this year, to extend their service tenure by two months to January 31, 2023.

“A key element of our five-year transformation plan, Vihaan.AI, is to strengthen India’s global network, connecting India’s major cities with even more destinations. The introduction of these new non-stop flights to New York, Milan, Vienna, Copenhagen, Paris and Frankfurt, is another step in that journey, which will accelerate as our aircraft fleet expands,” said Campbell Wilson, CEO and MD, Air India.

(With PTI inputs)

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