Air India announces new flights to New York, Paris, Frankfurt – ET TravelWorld

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In line with the expansion of its global footprints, Air India has announced new flights connecting Mumbai with New York, Paris and Frankfurt, and the resumption of non-stop flights connecting Delhi with Copenhagen, Milan and Vienna.
The new Mumbai-New York service will operate daily to John F Kennedy International Airport from February 14, 2023, the airline announced.This expansion comes as the airline continues to make progress in augmenting its fleet with newly-leased aircraft, and the return of existing aircraft to active service.

“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.

“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,” he shared.


The carrier is looking to rope in around 100 pilots for the wide-body Boeing 777 fleet and has approached various agencies that provide expat flight crew to airlines, the sources shared. The loss-making Air India, which was under government ownership for nearly seven decades till the Tata group took over in January 2022, had stopped hiring expat pilots many years ago to save costs.

The new Mumbai-New York service will complement Air India’s existing daily service from Delhi to New York area’s JFK International Airport and 4 weekly flights to Newark Liberty airport. This takes Air India’s India-US frequency to 47 non-stop flights per week.

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

From Mumbai, new flights are also planned to Paris (3 weekly) and Frankfurt (4 weekly) starting next quarter. All these flights will be operated by Air India’s B787-8 Dreamliner aircraft featuring 18 Business Class and 238 Economy Class seats. The flight schedules for the same would be shared later, said the airline.

With the resumption of these flights, Air India will serve 7 cities in Europe with 79 weekly non-stop flights (48 to the UK and 31 to Continental Europe).

Bookings for the new flights, except Paris and Frankfurt, are now open. Paris and Frankfurt schedules, and the opening of bookings, will be announced separately, Air India shared.

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