Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Air India return to Birmingham! [Update]

Air India have announced they are restarting their Delhi-Birmingham service from the 1st August 2013 using Boeing 787s. The route was last flown directly in 2008, when Air India flew Amritsar-Delhi-Birmingham-Toronto with 777s. However the route was cancelled and extra rotations were flown into Heathrow instead.

With the new 787 Dreamliner, the aircraft is right sized for the route. This follows years of airlines taking advantage of the strong demand for flights to India from the Midlands - most passengers at moment make connections with airlines such as Emirates, Turkmenistan Airlines and Turkish Airlines via their respective hubs. Other airlines have tried and subsequently failed: Mahan Air, Slovakian, Armavia and Comtel to name a few.

The new 787 service (the first 787 flights to BHX and the first scheduled 787 flights into the UK outside of Heathrow) will operate 4 times weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at the following times:
AI113 Arv BHX 19:00
AI114 Dep BHX 21:30

This is a good example of what the 787 was designed to do, to make thinner long haul routes possible.

From BHX's website:
http://www.bhx.com/meta/news/2013/07/airindia-news-article.aspx

Flights can now be booked on Air India's website www.airindia.com.


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