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Message started by Amritsar.Travel on 23. Feb 2006 at 17:01

Title: Air India - 6 FLIGHTS A WEEK!
Post by Amritsar.Travel on 23. Feb 2006 at 17:01

Air India will now be flying 6 flights a week Birmingham to Amritsar NON STOP from 06 MAY.

Dep Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun

Return Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun.



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Post by musafir on 12. Mar 2006 at 20:40

Air-India to double frequency of Amritsar-Toronto flight
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 12
The national carrier, Air-India, is all set to double the frequency of its Delhi-Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto flight from three days to six days a week.

Now this flight will be available on all days of a week except Tuesday. A formal announcement about doubling of the frequency of this flight will be made when the Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) of Air-India, Mr V. Thulasidas, visits Chandigarh on March 18. It will be his first visit to the city. In fact, for a long time no CMD of Air-India has visited either Chandigarh or Punjab for a long time.

One of the reasons given for increasing the frequency of the Delhi-Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto flight has been the overwhelming response from air passengers of the region. So much so that all flights out of Amritsar for the next couple of months are already almost booked.

The new six-day-a-week schedule of the Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto flight will become operational from May 1.

Last year, the national carrier had resumed its international operations from Amritsar after a gap of more than two decades. The earlier “Balle Balle Birmingham” flight which used to connect Amritsar with Moscow and London was discontinued in the aftermath of Operation Bluestar in 1984.

In between, the experiment of spoke-in-hub flights connecting Amritsar with Delhi by Indian Airline flights did not work well. Air passengers from the region proved all earlier apprehensions of an international flight from Amritsar to the Western sphere to be financially unviable wrong with their overwhelming response.

Other than Air-India, Singapore Airlines also connects Amritsar with the Eastern sphere with a flight to Singapore, opening new avenues for travellers from the region to various destinations not only in East and South East Asia but also down under — Australia and New Zealand — and also the Americas.

During his visit, Mr V. Thulasidas may also announce the intentions of Air-India Express, a subsidiary of Air-India, to introduce a new Amritsar-Dubai flight. At present, Indian Airlines operates a flight to Sharjah from Amritsar.

Some other international carriers are also viewing Amritsar as a possible destination for increasing their operations in North India. British Airways and Malaysian are among the probable carriers who have got feasibilities of making Amritsar as an additional hub of their ex-India operations studied.

Title: Re: Air India - 6 FLIGHTS A WEEK!
Post by musafir on 18. Mar 2006 at 21:28

Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto A-I flights six times a week
Naveen S. Garewal

Chandigarh, March 18
Air-India will fly its Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto flight for six days a week from this coming May.

Looking at the response of this flight that operated thrice a week, Air-India has taken this decision, less than a year after it re-started flights from Amritsar.

Air-India will also introduce an Amritsar-Dubai flight through its subsidiary Air India Express this summer.

Disclosing this to The Tribune here today, the Chairman and Managing Director of Air-India, Mr V. Thulasidas, said Amritsar had emerged as a very important origin and destination for Punjabi population settled in Europe and the Americas. It had been observed that nearly half the passenger traffic to Europe, US and Canada on Air-India preferred to travel from Amritsar. But once Chandigarh gets an international airport, not many people would like to travel to Delhi. The Chandigarh Administration had already moved a proposal in this regard, he said.

He said Tuesday would be the only exception when Air-India will not fly its Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto flight from Amritsar. The proposed Amritsar-Dubai flight will fly at least four times a week initially. After a year the situation will be reviewed and the frequency may be increased, he added.

Currently Air-India flies from and to 13 cities in India. There is a proposal to start international flights from two more cities. Similarly, Air-India is working out modalities to fly to seven international destinations that include San Francisco, Washington, Houston or Dallas, Beijing, capitals of Mauritius and South Africa and Sydney (Australia). Two or three more destinations in Europe are also likely to be put on the Air-India map over the next two years, Mr. Thulasidas said.

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Post by musafir on 21. Mar 2006 at 17:55

‘Air India has no plans to change logo’

Anand S. T. Das

Chandigarh, March 19: Government-run international airlines Air India has no plans to change its logo like its domestic partner Indian did recently.

Both Air India authorities and the Civil Aviation Ministry feel the present logo, which was modified only slightly last year, works perfectly well .

‘‘We do not think there is any real need for us to now change the logo of Air India, which is doing fine and continues to be recognised wonderfully the world over,’’ Air India Chairman-cum-Managing Director V. Thulasidas told Newsline.

Thulasidas, who was in Chandigarh on Saturday evening to announce AI’s plans to double the frequency of its flights to Toronto from Amritsar, said the airline’s trademark red Centaur logo, readjusted to point upwards to ‘‘show the progressive growth the airline has made and continues to make,’’ reflects Air India’s ‘‘heightened personality’’ after its flight acquisition plans were put to work.

The CMD said Air India would fly six days a week from Amritsar to Toronto via Birmingham from May 1 except on Tuesdays. Presently, the airline operates flights on this route only on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Air India’s low-tariff subsidiary Air India Express is likely to start flying from Amritsar and the Middle East, specially Dubai, from May end, he said. ‘‘The fares for Air India Express in this sector are yet to be worked out. This flight would surely be a huge success,’’ said Thulasidas, who, along with a couple of top officials of the airline, hosted a dinner get-together at Hotel Taj.

Thulasidas said Air India’s Amritsar-Toronto flights are already booked for the next two months and the six-day flights from May 1 would be able to ease the rising rush.

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Post by Ted(Guest) on 01. Apr 2006 at 21:17

Air India Doubles Operation from BIA

After just a year of operating from Birmingham International Airport (BIA), Air India has announced that it is doubling its Amritsar/Delhi and Toronto services from 1st May 2006. The news comes following the overwhelming success of its initial operation, which has carried more than 100,000 people since it started from Birmingham in June last year. The Indian flagship carrier will double its frequencies, offering six weekly flights to Amritsar/Delhi and six per week to Toronto.

Mr Madhav Lokur, Regional Manager for Air India is delighted with the public’s reaction to the services following last year’s launch. He said, “The response in the Midlands has been overwhelming. Since June 2005, we have carried over 24,000 passengers between Birmingham and India, and nearly 10,000 between Birmingham and Toronto, and many thousands more transit passengers between India and Canada.

“In response to this positive and growing demand, we are launching three extra services a week to both India and Canada, providing even greater choice for travellers in all three countries.  I thank the Airport for its continued support and hope that passengers welcome and use the increased capacity with Air India from Birmingham.”

Birmingham is the airline’s only UK base outside London. The service, which originates in Delhi, provides the only year round direct scheduled service between Amritsar, Birmingham and Toronto.  

Leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor Mike Whitby, campaigned to increase these services from the outset, and recently wrote a letter to the Indian Aviation Minister on behalf of the Midlands’ Asian community to encourage more traffic between Birmingham and India. Mr Whitby said, “The key to a thriving city is having a successful airport which provides excellent air transport links throughout the world. Birmingham Airport has a bright future, particularly if airlines, like Air India, continue to show confidence in the region and take advantage of emerging global markets to enhance the city’s presence on an international stage. Birmingham is a truly multicultural city so I welcome this news on behalf of Birmingham’s Asian community, and urge people to make use of the growing number of long-haul services available from their local airport.”

Air India will continue to operate Boeing 777-200 aircraft on the route, which hold 292 passengers in a mixed configuration.  

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