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Message started by Admin on 13. Mar 2005 at 01:37

Title: Air India Direct Flights to Amritsar
Post by Admin on 13. Mar 2005 at 01:37

Amritsar Travel now offers India Direct Flights from Toronto and Birmingham to Amritsar and Delhi.

Birmingham International Airport (BIA) welcomed news that India’s flagship carrier, Air India, will launch direct scheduled services between Birmingham, India and Canada from Sunday 15th May 2005. Birmingham will be the airline’s only UK base outside London. The service, which originates in Delhi, will provide the only direct scheduled service between Amritsar, Birmingham and Toronto.  

The flight schedule will be as follows: • Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays - Arrive into Birmingham from Delhi & Amritsar at 17:15. Depart from Birmingham for Toronto at 18:45 • Thursdays, Saturdays and Mondays – Arrive into Birmingham from Toronto at 11:10. Depart Birmingham for Amritsar & Delhi at 12:30.  

Peter Vella, BIA’s Business Development Director, said: “This is great news for BIA and the whole region. This will be our 12th long haul scheduled destination and will open up a whole new range of opportunities for people wanting to reach Canada, India and beyond from the Midlands.  

“Although the range of services and destinations from Birmingham are growing annually, we still only handle around 50% of the potential regional market. It is therefore excellent news that Air India has chosen to set up its second UK base in Birmingham, a development which has the potential demand for further growth in the future.”  

Captain A.K Sharma, Regional Director UK & Europe for Air India commented, “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to serve three major demand centres and connect people throughout India with the UK and Canada. We believe there is a large market for these routes, particularly from those wanting to easily reach friends and relatives in India and Canada from the Midlands, and we also expect the business and leisure traveller in all three centres to benefit from our operation. We very much look forward to working with Birmingham Airport, and I’m sure this will be the start of a very successful partnership.”  

The airline will operate a Boeing 777-200 aircraft on the Birmingham route, which holds 284 passengers in a mixed configuration. Fares start from £299 to India and £110 to Toronto plus taxes.

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Post by gillsing on 16. May 2005 at 16:14

Punjab to promote religious tourism
Praful, Amarinder flag off A-I flight to Toronto
Ashok Sethi

Rajasansi (Amritsar), May 15
The Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr Praful Patel, today brushed aside the resentment over the stalled construction of the terminal of Sri Guru Ramdass International Airport and assured the public that a bigger and modern complex would be built.

Addressing a gathering during the flag-off ceremony of the inaugural Air-India’s Delhi-Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto flight here today, Mr Patel said top priority was being given to restart the construction of the ultra-modern airport. He, however, said the project could be delayed by another six months as the Ministry of Civil Aviation, in consultation with the Airport Authority of India (AAI), was preparing a blueprint for the its upgradation.

Earlier, the flight was flagged off from New Delhi by Tourism Minister Renuka Chowdhury and Mr Patel.

He said the Air-India was prepared to make this flight operational on a daily basis instead of thrice a week at present in view of its growing demand. A direct international flight of Air-India Express, an economical flight from Amritsar to Dubai, was also on the anvil. He said the Air-India had recently launched a direct flight from Kerala to Dubai and another direct flight from Kolkata to London was likely to commence shortly.

Referring to the setting up of a green field airport at Ladowal between Ludhiana and Jalandhar, Mr Patel said the project had been cleared by the government and was in the advanced stage of implementation. It would come up on the same pattern of green field airports already set up in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Lucknow. He said Chandigarh Airport would also be upgraded to meet the growing need of the people of this area.

Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, said the government was set to chalk out a roadmap to boost religious tourism in the state.

He said the government was contemplating to develop religious tourism by connecting Sri Anandpur Sahib, Chamkaur Sahib, Fatehgarh Sahib, Takht Sri Damdama Sahib and Sri Harmandir Sahib. Another circuit of Hindu shrines from Naina Devi, Maisarkhana, Durgiana Temple and Vaishno Devi would also be developed in a big way.

Later Capt Amarinder Singh along with Mr Patel flagged off the flight.

Meanwhile, the General Manager (Architect) of the AAI, Mr Harpal Singh, today made the detail presentation of the new design of the Airport Complex to the Minister of Civil Aviation and visiting dignitaries.

The Director Airport, Mr V.S. Mulekar, said the minister showed keen interest in the development of the airport and said the complex would be ready within a year.

The minister was accompanied by MPs attached to the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Mr Tarlochan Singh, Chairman, National Minorities Commission, among others.

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Post by surinderarora on 17. May 2005 at 04:11

Are there any plans for direct flights from Heathrow to Amritsar?

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Post by Admin on 19. May 2005 at 07:30

ON 15th MAY 2005  

Air-India today introduced direct services to Birmingham and Toronto amidst beats of Bhangra.  Speaking at a function organized at IGI Airport to mark the commencement of services, Mr Praful Patel, Union Minister of Civil Aviation, complimented Air-India on expanding its network and introducing direct flights to destinations in the West from major Indian cities.  He expressed optimism that with the product being substantially upgraded, Air-India will attain a high level of passenger satisfaction.

Mrs Renuka Choudhury, Minister of State for Tourism, expressed happiness at the launch of the flight as it would help boost tourism.   She said the joint relationship between the Civil Aviation Ministry and tourism will usher in a new era for promoting tourism and this new flight will help the tourist places in Northern India.

Mr V. Thulasidas, Chairman and Managing Director, Air-India, while welcoming the guests said that the Delhi-Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto flight was the second long haul flight being included this year from Delhi indicating the growth plans that Air-India has embarked upon.  The Delhi-Frankfurt-Los Angeles flight had been inaugurated in March this year providing direct connectivity to the West coast of USA.

The new flight introduced by Air-India will be operated with standardized timings on the routing Delhi-Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto-Birmingham-Amritsar-Delhi with state-of-the-art, fly-by-wire Boeing 777-222 ER aircraft on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays as per the following schedule :

Sector                                     Departure                               Arrival

AI-187                                     (Local Time)                          (Local Time)

Delhi-Amritsar                       0730 hours                              0825 hours

Amritsar-Birmingham            0955 hours                             1445 hours

Birmingham - Toronto           1615 hours                              1845 hours


Toronto - Birmingham            2330 hours                      1110 hours (Thur, Sat, Mon)

Birmingham - Amritsar           1230 hours                      0125 hours (Fri, Sun, Tue)

Amritsar - Delhi                        0255 hours                      0350 hours

While the First Class seats in the Boeing 777s are flat bed type with privacy partitions, slumberettes have been provided in the Executive Class. In-arm-video system with LCD displays and multi-channel audio systems are available in all three classes
With the launch of these new flights, Air-India will provide to the people of Punjab direct and convenient services to Birmingham, the heartland of industrial and economic activity in the UK, and to Toronto, the financial capital of Canada. The introduction of these services, which is part of Air-India's sustained drive to expand its network, will take the number of flights operated by Air-India to the UK from 18 to 21 per week.

Air-India at present operates 10 flights to London which are extended to the USA -- seven to New York and three to Chicago, there are eight terminator flights -- five on the Mumbai-London-sector, two on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad-London sector and one on the routing Mumbai-Delhi-London. Three more flights will be launched on the Delhi-Dhaka-Kolkata-London sector effective June 18, 2005, connecting East India to London.  With the introduction of these flights, the number of flights to the UK will go up to 24 a week, thus doubling the capacity offered by Air-India on the India-UK route in the past six months.

Air-India is poised to significantly improve its market leadership positions on the India-Europe-USA routes. The airline has grown from 10 services (seven to New York and three to Chicago) a week in December 2002 to 28 services (seven each to New York, Newark, Chicago and Los Angeles) a week, from March 2005. Air-India now operates 14 flights a week to Frankfurt, which has now become a hub in Europe.

Air-India is positioning itself as a premier airline by upgrading its product. In the last two years, Air-India has introduced 180 degree recline flat bed seats in its First Class and 165 degree recline seats in its Executive Class with inflight entertainment being provided on DVDs – on six owned B747-400s and personal television on B777s. First and Executive Class passengers on Air-India are also now being offered meet and greet service at Delhi and Mumbai.

Air-India had, in the past, operated flights on the Mumbai-Delhi-Amritsar-Moscow-Birmingham route from January 1982 to October 1984.  Flights to Toronto are being launched after a gap of eight years.

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Post by musafir on 21. Sep 2005 at 23:16

A-I's Q1 earnings from the north soar 26%


NEW DELHI: Air-India’s enhanced focus on the north Indian market, especially the Delhi region, has started paying dividends. The national carrier’s earnings from the region rose by 26% in the first quarter of FY06 to Rs 130 crore. This follows the launch of more than a dozen new flights since March and a conscious effort to modify the image that Air-India was essentially a Mumbai-centric airline.

The national carrier’s flights to various destinations, including Hong Kong and Birmingham, are going choc-a-bloc and further expansion of services from the northern region is on the cards, senior officials of Air-India said.

The national carrier is planning to increase the frequency of its Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto flight to five times a week from three times a week now. The Birmingham-Toronto service was a big success and A-I is gaining due to strong loads. The success of this route has also prompted Jet Airways to seek permission to operate flights to Birmingham.

The ‘Focus North’ operation was launched after civil aviation minister Praful Patel stressed on the need to change the image that the national carrier was excessively obsessed with Mumbai. A-I has also expanded operations in the south, especially Kerala, with new flights of Air-India Express. The ultimate idea is to give a ‘all-India’ focus to the airline.

The expansion was kicked off with three flights a week on the Delhi-Frankfurt-Los Angeles sector in March and two additional frequencies on the Delhi-Bangkok-Shanghai sector. A-I has also launched three flights a week on the Delhi-Dhaka-Kolkata-London route.  

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Post by Davinder Singh on 22. Sep 2005 at 07:26

Are there any plans for a direct  London - Amritsar flight?

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Post by musafir on 22. Sep 2005 at 21:40

In November, Royal Atlantic will fly from Gatwick to Amritsar, via Birmingham and a refuelling-stop at Baku(both-ways).

British Airways may fly into Amritsar, from Heathrow, after they have doubled the flights to Bangalore and Chennai, so you'll may wait until next year

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Post by Davinder Singh on 22. Sep 2005 at 23:43

Other London airports that could be used apart from Heathrow are Gatwick and Stansted.

Have British Airways put forward plans to fly to Amritsar?, considering the number of Sikhs/Punjabis in the London area they could fly twice a day daily to Amritsar

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Post by Palvinder Bassi on 27. Sep 2005 at 20:03

Hi I'm looking to fly to Amritsar from Brum in Feb 06 with my mother who is in a wheelchair. Can anyone advise me as to how accommodating Air India is for disabled passangers and how comfortable the seats are as I'm extremly concerned about her welbeing during the journey.  Cramped seating, lack of leg room etc. I appreciated the 1st class has great reclinning seats but what about standard class?

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Post by musafir on 26. Oct 2005 at 18:20

Air India will start additional flights on 1 December 2005. Flights will arrive from Mumbai and Amritsar at 1430 and depart to Toronto at 1600. The returning service will arrive from Toronto and depart to Amritsar and Mumbai at 1030.


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Post by musafir on 12. Nov 2005 at 12:01

Air India update 11/11/05  
Since the launch of Air India on 15th May 2005, the service has been very successful and the airline has been wanting to expand its Birmingham operations for quite some time now. The airline now holds "slots" from 1st December 2005 for a further 3 weekly flights continuing to Toronto on a simular schedule to the excisting flights.

On the down side, the airline has neither traffic rights or spare aircraft to operate these additional services. But due to good forward bookings the airline may operate some additional "one-off" flights over the Chritmas and New Year period.

All flights operated by 777-200's.

Current flight schedules:
AI 187/187 Arr 17:15 - Dep 18:45 - Wed, Fri & Sun.
AI 188/188 Arr 11:10 - Dep 12:30 - Mon, Thur & Sat.

Source - thebhx

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Post by musafir on 21. Nov 2005 at 14:32

Air India reschedules flight for winter
Air India said on Friday that, it has geared up for the upcoming fog problem that airlines face in winters in the northern region. The fog in Delhi usually sets in after midnight and on a bad day lifts at about 1100 hrs. In view of this fact, air India will be rescheduling a few of its flights in order to minimize inconvenience to passengers.

The rescheduling is as follows:

The Delhi/Dhaka/Kolkata/London flight which is scheduled to depart from Delhi at 0650 hrs. will now be rescheduled to depart at 1100 hrs. and skip Dhaka and operate to Kolkata directly. The Dhaka/London passengers will be sent to Kolkata on Bangladesh Biman to connect the departure from Kolkata at 1430 hrs. to arrive into London at 2020 hrs.

Toronto/Birmingham/Amritsar flights on a scheduled basis arrive into Amritsar at 0220 hrs. and depart at 0350 hrs. for Delhi. These flights will omit Delhi on a planned basis and will terminate at Amritsar. In the event, meal uplift is not possible at Amritsar, the flight will be extended to Mumbai. Also, if there is a bad weather at Amritsar, the flight will overfly to Mumbai.

The Delhi/Frankfurt/Los Angeles/Delhi flights which operate 3 times a week and has a scheduled arrival into Delhi at 0430 hrs., will overfly to Mumbai in the event of bad weather.The aircraft would then depart for Delhi when the weather clears and commence its schedule operations subsequently. Rescheduling of this flight is not possible on a planned basis, as both Frankfurt and Los Angeles Slot Authorities have conveyed their inability to give revised slots during this period, but would accommodate our flights on a delayed basis when the need arises. Since the flight ex Delhi operates with a 747 Combi aircraft and being a single aircraft operation, if on any one of the days the flight gets delayed, the consecutive flight would also operate on a delayed basis.
Air India has once a week Chicago/Delhi vv. operation. In case of bad weather, this flight will skip Delhi and will overfly to Mumbai. These passengers will be accommodated on the shuttle.

Presently, two Delhi/Dubai frequencies are extended to Lucknow. During this period, the Delhi/Lucknow/Delhi leg of this flight will be cancelled.

To ensure that the Delhi/Dubai flights are not affected by bad weather, the timings of these flights have been changed during this period to have the arrival/departure at 2125/2225 hrs. To achieve this, we had to advance the Singapore departure from 1510 hrs. to 0900 hrs.

The entire schedule of Hong Kong/Osaka and Hong Kong/Seoul flights has been advanced by 1 hr. This will ensure that the flight departs Delhi at 2215 hrs. instead of 2315 hrs. before the fog sets in.

As mentioned earlier, there will be a daily shuttle service between Mumbai/Delhi/Mumbai which will depart from Mumbai 1200 hrs. and return from Delhi at 1800 hrs. with 747-400 aircraft. This will adequately cater to the passengers stranded on any of our flights due fog. An additional A310 shuttle will be mounted, if the loads warrant on certain days.

The other arrangements to ensure customer comfort are as follows:

Rooms in Delhi and Mumbai will be booked on a daily basis during the fog period to accommodate passengers and avoid any inconvenience.

Luxury coaches will be arranged for the transportation of passengers to/from airport to hotel.

At both Mumbai and Delhi, Catering facilities for food and drinks will be arranged.

Airport authorities are being requested to provide additional slumberette chairs for passenger convenience.

Additional manpower will be provided at Mumbai/Delhi to guide passengers.

Display of latest flight information will be provided on Air-India website.

Most Television channels will be showing a ticker tape to continuously inform the public of flight arrivals/departures.

The Control Cells at Delhi & Mumbai will be strengthened.

The manpower in the Call Centres in Delhi & Mumbai will also be strengthened by additional temporary recruitment.

Two Nodal Officers in Mumbai (V.Chandramouli, Executive Director-Mumbai Airport) and Delhi (D.S.Kohli, Director-Northern Region) have been appointed.

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