Thursday, October 19, 2006

Air India to drive long haul direct, 2006-07

Mumbai: Air India is intent on enhancing its long haul strategy with a particular focus on direct flights on key routes to North America, Africa and Europe. The imminent merger with Indian will translate into a fleet re-allocation that will enable Air India to ramp up its existing long haul routes and add new ones significantly to Mauritius, Australia and Eastern Europe besides the possibility of direct flights to New York on the ultra long haul Boeing aircraft that should be delivered next year. Air India has appointed a consortium led by Accenture as consultant for its proposed merger with Indian.
Potential regions for direct services include Mauritius and Australia while more flights to New York and more European destinations in Eastern Europe are a distinct possibility.
18/10/06 Bhisham Mansukhani/Express TravelWorld