Air India Mumbai to Frankfurt
Air India launched flights between Mumbai and Frankfurt on 16 October, ending the Star Alliance member’s eight-year hiatus of serving the 6,564-kilometre sector. To celebrate the airline’s return to the city pair, the German hub baked this brilliant cake to commemorate the route opening. Pictured cutting the cake are: Divya Singh of Air India; Pratibha Parkar, Consul General India, Frankfurt; Martin Bien SEVP Ground Services, Fraport; Mukesh Bhatia, Executive Director, Commercial, Air India; Simone Schwab, Head of Airline Sales and Customer Services, Fraport; and Gagan Chhabra, GM Germany, Air India. The carrier will offer four weekly flights between Mumbai and Frankfurt using its fleet of 787-8s.
Before Air India’s inaugural flight from Mumbai to Frankfurt left India, another celebratory event took place, with Mumbai Airport presenting this elaborate cake for passengers to enjoy at the gate before departure.
- Air India ended its eight-year hiatus on the 6,564-kilometre route between Mumbai (BOM) and Frankfurt (FRA) on 16 October, with the Star Alliance member initiating a four times weekly 787-8-operated service. When the carrier last flew between the two cities in October 2010, it was using 777-200s and 300s on the route, offering a daily rotation. Competition on the airport pair comes from fellow Star member Lufthansa, with the German flag carrier serving the route on a daily basis. Along with this connection between Mumbai and Europe, Air India also initiated two new routes to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) this week. The airline launched a three times weekly service to the Thai capital airport from Kolkata (CCU) on 16 October, while a four time weekly rotation from Bengaluru (BLR) was introduced to the schedules the following day. Both flown using the carrier’s fleet of A320s, services on the 1,635-kilometre airport pair from Kolkata to Bangkok will go head-to-head with IndiGo (11 times weekly), SpiceJet (daily), Thai Airways (daily), Bhutan Airlines (daily) and Druk Air (three times weekly), while the 2,488-kilometre sector from Bengaluru will face Thai Airways (daily) and IndiGo (three times weekly; will commence a daily rotation later in the winter season).