Friday, September 18, 2009
Air India has officially revealed on the GDS that it will be increasing capacity to YYZ-Toronto from the on set of the IATA Winter 09-10 season and also re-routing this flight from India. Effective Oct 26th, flights will be flown 3 times per week from Delhi via London Heathrow to Toronto where as the remaining 4 weekly flights will be flown from Amritsar. AI has full 5th freedom rights on the LHR-YYZ-LHR and will be using their new Boeing 777-300ERs daily this route. This new aircraft has their latest first, business and economy class product which is expected to be a huge hit with its passengers as it has been already out of FRA, EWR, LHR and ORD.
If you recall reading my July 29th dated Airline newsletter, I had suggested that AI's operations to YYZ should be split between ATQ and DEL and it seems that it has been followed :) Many people are now wondering what is so great about this new move by AI? This I shall explain in detail soon in a dedicated email which will explain the impact of their pricing strategy (already in the GDS), the pros and cons of their flight schedules and in-flight cabin product as well as the potential it has to make solid money on the YYZ-LHR-YYZ route in particular.