Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Air-India’s budget airline finally ready to take off from Doha

After a few false starts, Air-India Express, a budget carrier, seems to be finally ready to start its Doha service from February.
It was first announced that the service would begin from October 2005. Then it was postponed until last April, then rescheduled for last month, only to be put off again until next February.
According to current indications, the service should commence in February 2007, Debashis Golder, manager of Air-India in Qatar, told Gulf Times yesterday.
The airline would be receiving an additional aircraft and hiring fresh crew next month. This should enable the airline to start the service to Doha and Bahrain by February, he added.
The change is not only in the launch date but in the number of flights and destinations as well. According to original reports, Doha was supposed to have got 14 flights a week. But, according to Golder, the service would begin with just
25/11/06 Arvind Nair/Gulf Times, Qatar
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