Air India, as part of its transformation journey -Vihaan.AI, is bolstering its network and expanding/upgrading its fleet. The airline recently announced enhanced connectivity on its International Network with the introduction of 20 new flights to Doha From Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai. Now, the airline has opened up bookings on a new International route to China. Read to check the schedule.
Air India to Fly Direct Between Mumbai and Hong Kong
Starting 1st November 2022, Air India will be operating a weekly 1x Direct flight service between Mumbai and Hong Kong. Air India is resuming service on this route (Mumbai - Hong Kong) after a very long time.
Air India Mumbai - Hong Kong Flight Schedule:
|AI 316||Mumbai||08:00||Hong Kong||16:00|
TUE - Direct
|AI 311||Hong Kong||17:15||Mumbai||21:15||6h 30m|
Flight AI 316 will depart Mumbai at 08:00 and arrive in Hong Kong at 16:00. Flight AI 311 will depart Hong Kong at 17:15 and arrive in Mumbai at 21:15. Air India will fly a Boeing 787-8 on this route with a travel duration of around 330-390 minutes. Tickets for the route are already available for booking by the guests.
Air India and Willis Lease Ink ConstantThrust Engine Sale & Leaseback Agreement
Air India has signed a definitive sale and lease back agreement with Willis Lease Finance Corporation for 34 CFM56-5B engines installed on its Airbus A320 family fleet. The engines will be covered under Willis Lease’s ConstantThrust program and is the first ConstantThrust sale and leaseback agreement for aircraft engines by any Indian carrier.
Under this transaction, Willis Lease will purchase from Air India 34 engines powering 13 Airbus A321 aircraft and 4 Airbus A320 aircraft. Through ConstantThrust, Willis Lease will provide replacement and standby spare engines, allowing Air India to avoid potentially costly and unpredictable shop visits on engines powering a transitioning aircraft fleet. Willis Lease will also have an in-country team to coordinate and manage the entire programme and all logistics and transportation involved.
From 1st November 2022, passengers can fly weekly and enjoy the ease of a direct connection between Mumbai and Hong Kong.