Air India (AI) is looking forward to provide its customers a direct flight facility to Washington, from Delhi and Mumbai. One of the two flights to New York, from Delhi and Mumbai, will be extended to Washington from next month i.e. November 2009. The spokesperson from Air India said that need had been felt for a direct flight to Washington since a long time and finally, it is going to be met.
In a bid to overcome the current economic loss faced by Air India, it has taken a few important decisions. The extension of New York flight, from Delhi and Mumbai, to Washington is one of these decisions. For this, AI will enter into a codeshare agreement with US Airways and United Airlines, as it has sensed a huge government business at the Washington route from India. The airline is also changing its domestic flight schedule on Delhi-Mumbai route, on both sides, from 8 pm to 9 pm, so as to attract more business travelers.
Air India has a market share of 16.6 per cent in the domestic market and over 33 per cent of the worldwide passengers from India. The airline also has a plan to bring passengers from Bangkok to Mumbai and book them on west-bound flights, as the same strategy has proved to be a success, on flights from Dhaka. Air India is all set to increase its revenues from some other routes as well.