Air India announces India-China direct flight

Beijing , Mar 28 | Updated: Mar 30 2008, 03:36am hrs
Indias national carrier Air India on Friday announced that it would convert the India-China via Bangkok flights into direct services from March 30, which would also cut travel time.

With four flights a week, non-stop direct services would be operated from Shanghai to Delhi and onwards to Mumbai, skipping Bangkok, enabling faster travel, the airliner said.

The flights to India would be on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The travel time from Shanghai to Delhi would be around six hours and to Mumbai about nine hours, it said in a statement here.

The flight will depart from Shanghai at 2200 hours and will arrive in Delhi at 0200 hours and Mumbai at 0520 hours, the next day.

On the return leg, it will depart Mumbai at 0800 hours, Delhi at 1130 hours and arrive in Shanghai at 2010 hours the same day, it said.

Air India launched flights to Shanghai four years ago on the routing Shanghai-Bangkok-Delhi-Mumbai.