Air India evaluating prospects to operate Guwahati-Bangkok/Kunming flight

Air India is evaluating prospects of operating new international services from Guwahati, among other locations, to expand its network.

News agency IANS quoted Air India chairman and managing director Rajiv Bansal as saying that the airline is looking at diverse sectors to start new flight operations like to Guwahati to Bangkok or Guwahati to Kunming (China). Also, the airline is planning to connect to Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, Dallas and Houston and Nairobi.

“We will be getting the last of our 787s by October-end or November beginning. So we will have capacity to deploy to destinations with flying time of 7-9 hours,” Bansal told IANS during the interview.

The new AI CMD disclosed that “commercial evaluation” was going on to start at least two new flights by the end of the current fiscal.

“We are evaluating the prospects to start non-stop services to two new destinations but the decision will depend upon the feasibility and profitability of operating these routes,” he said.

In August 2017, the airline commenced operations from Varanasi to Colombo and New Delhi to Stockholm. In July, it had started a connection between New Delhi and Washington.

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