Ashwini Phadnis

New Delhi, May 22

IN a move that will help Air India offer more non-stop flights from Delhi, the airline's board has approved a proposal to set up an engineering base here.

The board also mandated that AI's low-cost arm, AI Express, set up an engineering base in Kochi.

It has also directed AI to explore the possibility of having a similar base in Bangalore.

An engineering station in Bangalore could lead to an increase in the number of direct AI flights operated from there.

"Delhi will soon become a full-fledged base for AI. This will help the airline launch more direct flights from there as all the aircraft will not have to go back to Mumbai," a senior Air India official said. Currently, AI has a cabin and cockpit crew base here.

The airline has announced that it would be offering more flights from Delhi.

AI launched a thrice-a-week flight on the Delhi-Amritsar-Birmingham-Toronto sector earlier this week, while a new flight to London from the Capital is to become operational from June 18.

The airline is also examining the possibility of offering more connections from Mumbai and Delhi to destinations in South-East Asia.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated May 23, 2005)
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