Air India last week (Aug 15) resumed non-stop flights between Ahmedabad and London Heathrow. The route, last flown by Air India in 2008 using a 767, will be operated four times a week using their new Boeing 787s.
The move appears to have been made to give the new UK-Based airline POP, which plans to fly between London Stansted and Ahmedabad starting 2017, some stiff competition.
Three of the four weekly flights will continue on to Newark Liberty Airport. Air India last flew between London and Newark in 2009, using their Boeing 747s. Air India will face competition with Virgin Atlantic Airways and British Airways who offer daily and twice daily flights between the two cities respectively. Fellow Star Alliance partner United Airlines also offers five daily flights between Heathrow and Newark.
The flights will follow this schedule, courtesy of airlineroute:
AI171 AMD0500 – 1015LHR1230 – 1500EWR 788 135
AI172 EWR0020 – 1205LHR1400 – 0330+1AMD 788 4
AI172 EWR2230 – 1015+1LHR1230+1 – 0200+2AMD 788 15
Along with this schedule for the 1 weekly terminator service:
AI171 AMD0440 – 0955LHR 788 7
AI172 LHR1235 – 0205+1AMD 788 7