Air India to launch Ahmedabad to Newark flight via London from Aug 15

The airline also plans to expand its fleet size in next four years

Increasing direct flights to popular destination abroad, State-run Air India has announced that it will launch a new thrice-a-week flight between Ahmedabad and Newark in New Jersey via London from August 15.

"We will be launching the Ahmedabad-London-Newark flight from August 15 and Delhi-Madrid from December as part of our growth plan," Air India Chairman and Managing Director, Ashwini Lohani, told reporters earlier this month in Bhopal.

The service AI-171 will be operated with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport at 5.30 a.m. all Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and reach London at 10.15 a.m.

It will take off from London at 12.30 p.m. and land in Newark, New Jersey, US, 1500 hours.

On the return trip, the flight AI-172 will depart from Newark at 2230 that evening, and arrive in London at 10.15 a.m., take off at 12.30 p.m. and land in Ahmedabad at 2 a.m.

The flight is expected to prove a boon to over 600,000 Indians in Ahmedabad who have been seeking seamless connections for business and leisure to Newark and London, besides catering to the huge NRI population from Gujarat in both these cities and surroundings.

To popularise the new service, AI is offering special discounted introductory fares to passengers till September 10.