Friday, June 26, 2009
Air India has officially confirmed that it will be further increasing capacity to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from September 2009 by utilizing the larger Boeing 747-400 on all its Mumbai-Jeddah and Delhi-Jeddah flights as well. As a result, daily BOM-JED services will be increased from a mixture of B 772As and A 310s to daily B 744s where as DEL-JED flights that are currently flown 3 weekly nonstop using a B 772A will also get a capacity boost to 3 weekly B 744s.
This aggressive move by AI is seen to be directly aimed at hurting Jet Airways on the BOM-JED route in particular as well as going all out to protect this highly profitable route of theirs which still lacks direct competition due to the restrictive Saudia-India bilateral accord. With regards to its BOM-RUH route, AI will be flying it 6 times a week using a B 744 as well.