AI in­creases global foot­print

Mel­win D’Silva, Re­gional Man­ager-Gulf, ME and Africa, Air In­dia, re­veals the air­line’s plan to in­crease its global foot­print.

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The re­cently re­leased So­jern Re­port for Q2 ex­plains how In­dia has re­mained on top as a must-visit des­ti­na­tion. In­dia’s na­tional car­rier has been in­stru­men­tal in get­ting higher pas­sen­ger load fac­tor from around the world with Dubai play­ing a key role.

“Our plan is to in­crease foot­prints across the world by adding new sec­tors and fleet to strengthen and in­crease net­works both do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets to pro­vide the cus­tomers an end to end prod­uct,” he says.

Among the re­cently an­nounced ex­pan­sion plan is in­duc­tion of 100 new air­craft on lease dur­ing the next few years for Air In­dia whilst Air In­dia da Ex­pressp ess will in­duct six new air­craft in the Gulf and in some other key re­gional touch points.

In terms of adding new des­ti­na­tions, Air In­dia Ex­press has Tehran in Iran to be added this win­ter. Apart from this, Air In­dia legacy car­rier will com­mence a di­rect flight on Au­gust 15 from Ahmedabad to Lon­don which con­nects to New Jer­sey. The air­line will strengthen its ca­pac­ity in its hubs in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata to ac­com­mo­date the steady growth of vis­i­tors from around the world.

The in­tro­duc­tion of the “Through Fares” (6th Free­dom fares) where you can pay for two hol­i­days with one fare is the lat­est ad­di­tion to the AI prod­uct port­fo­lio from UAE. The fares have a free stopo­vere fa­cil­ityac with ho­tel lay­overs whereve wher­ever con­nec­tions are longer th than six hours at tran­sit point in In­dia. These fares are avail­able for sec­tors like Dubai-Delhi- Mel­bourne or Syd­ney, DubaiDelhi-San Fran­cisco and many other des­ti­na­tions such as Narita, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Seoul, Lon­don, Birm­ing­ham, Moscow, Vi­enna, Paris, Sin­ga­pore to name a few. It is also of­fer­ing lib­eral bag­gage al­lowance on these fares with most sec­tors get­ting 2 piece con­cept bag­gage al­lowance.

Air In­dia Ex­press will in­duct six new air­craft in the Gulf and in some other key re­gional touch points

Mel­win D’Silva

Re­gional Man­ager, Air In­dia-Gulf, Mid­dle East & Africa

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