Wednesday, March 22, 2017

US, UK ban on electronics in cabin not to affect Air India services

New Delhi: Director-Finance of Air India Vinod Hejmadi on Wednesday said the recent ban imposed by the United States and United Kingdom on carriage of I-pads and Laptops will not affect the passengers of Air India who travel through four daily non-stop operations. Hejmadi said the rule will not be applied on the passengers travelling through the national carrier from here through the non-stop flight to the four cities in United States viz New York, Newark, Chicago and San Francisco.
Apart from this, the ban will also be not applicable on the one-stop operations from Ahmedabad to Newark via London.
“Air India is closely watching the developments and the impact of the ban on the U.S. Routes. It is felt that the recent development will have a positive impact on Air India,” said Hejmadi.
He also added that the ban may help Air India to improve their load factors in the premium segment i.e F and J class.
“The USP of the national carrier has been its non-stop operations to U.S. with the B777 aircraft and has been very popular with the Indian diaspora for its non-stop connectivity. The load factors of Air India on the U.S. routes have been consistently above 80%. Even the travel in F and J class has been very good,” he said.
This statement came after news surfaced that of an al-Qaeda affiliate is perfecting the techniques for hiding explosives in batteries and battery compartments of electronic devices.
The intelligence received has led the United States and United Kingdom to ban devices larger than a cellphone from certain flights.
22/03/17 ANI/Financial Express