Air India cuts Frankfurt scissor hub from end of October

Scissor hub gets cut. This was actually the launch of the Ahmedabad- Frankfurt route in June last year. Now that newish service, and Mumbai, and the transatlantic connections that went with them, are all about to be, er, trimmed.

Scissor hub gets cut. This was actually the launch of the Ahmedabad-Frankfurt route in June last year. Now that newish service, and Mumbai, and the transatlantic connections that went with them, are all about to be, er, trimmed.

Air India’s scissor hub at Frankfurt, which allows connections between Ahmedabad, Delhi and Mumbai, and Chicago O’Hare and Newark, is to close at the start of the winter season. The five daily departures generate almost 12,000 weekly departing seats at Frankfurt Airport, making Air India the second biggest non-German carrier at the airport after United Airlines. The only route that will survive is the daily non-stop flight between Delhi and Frankfurt.

anna.aero wonders what significance this move may have regarding the airline’s plans to join Star Alliance. The airline was invited to join the alliance over three years ago, but has still not done so. The provisional joining date now set for next March. Given that the non-state-owned Jet Airways has a similar scissor hub in Brussels (Brussels Airlines is also a Star Alliance member and now under Lufthansa control) and is currently not in any alliance, does this suggest that Air India still could be dumped in favour of Jet Airways?

In terms of customer service and reputation, Skytrax awards both Air India and Jet Airways a three-star rating. Jet Airways’ scissor hub at Brussels connects Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai with Newark, New York JFK and Toronto.


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  1. I feel honored by the fact that Kingfisher, by contrast of Air India has done a remarkable job in building a robust image in the Indian Subcontinent (newer planes, younger vibrant crew, more amenities for the flying public, better supporting ground staff, updated inner cabin with all the modern fixings, better transparent frequent flyer programs, and much more). This really gives wings to the image of India as well.

    State run Air India has had many problems keeping up with other competitor airlines within India. I do not believe sustainability is in the time horizon for Air India. I use to be a long time fan of Air India when they use to fly the much loved Boeing 707s and the 747-200s. Back then service was impeckable! Staff at AI were very friendly and the airline was known for good food and service. All that changed after the 80s and many of their loyal customers seeked other airlines which offered higher level of service and competitiveness.

    If I were to turn around Air India – I would change the company from the ground up approach. Anything is possible, if you put your mind and implementation hat on it. Nothing is impossible! It is a can do attitude and where Air India becomes who whole new credible airline which is transparent to its passengers and ‘feel great’ attitude once that was there before.

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