Air India adds new route, launches first direct flight to Copenhagen

Earlier, the airline had launched its services from New Delhi to Washington and New Delhi to Stockholm.

Published: 16th September 2017 05:41 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th September 2017 08:16 AM   |  A+A-

State-owned Air India is staying afloat on taxpayers' money and has been in the red for long.

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: National passenger carrier Air India on Saturday launched its non-stop flight service from New Delhi to Copenhagen— its 44th international destination.  Copenhagen will be the eleventh destination where the airline will operate non-stop flight service in Europe, describing it as connecting ‘Maharaja with the Mermaid’. In Air India’s trademark style, the inaugural flight was operated by an all-woman crew.

The national carrier has been expanding its international operations and has started services to overseas destinations, including Washington and Stockholm so far this year. The airline will operate thrice-a-week flight service -- Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday -- on Boeing B-787 Dreamliner and is offering return fares starting from `42,700, inclusive of all taxes, to mark its inauguration. Apart from Copenhagen, the airline has direct flights to Stockholm, Madrid, Vienna, Rome, Milan, Frankfurt, Paris, Birmingham and London.

The services to Moscow are temporarily suspended and would restart in October, an airline official said. It will offer 18 business and 238 economy class seats on Delhi-Copenhagen sector. “AI 157 will depart from Delhi at 1430 hours to reach Copenhagen at 1845 hours the same day. The return flight AI 158 will leave Copenhagen at 2045 hours and reach Delhi at 0735 hours the next day,” the airline said in a release. Air India CMD Rajiv Bansal  said the national carrier will consider daily flight services on this sector depending upon the passenger traffic.

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