Monday, October 30, 2006

Air India's low-cost carrier launches inaugural flight to Singapore

Air India's budget arm, Air India Express or AIE, launched its inaugural flight to Singapore on Sunday.
The first Indian low-cost carrier to fly to Changi, AIE will operate five weekly non-stop services between Singapore and Chennai in India.
AIE's average return fare can go as low as $600.That is at least 25-50 percent lower than what is currently available on other full service carriers such as Jet Airways and Singapore Airlines.The flight takes about 4 hours and includes free boxed meals and some in-flight entertainment.
The Singapore-Chennai route also saw a 15 percent increase over the same period.
But Air India Express does not plan to just stop at Chennai.
It may consider places like Hyderabad and Bangalore, according to Air India's chairman, V Thulasidas.
29/10/06 Asha Popatlal/Channel News Asia, Singapore
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