Air India is set to spread its wings further in the United States with the commencement of its first-ever non-stop service between Bengaluru and San Francisco and between Hyderabad and Chicago from January 9 and 13, 2021, respectively.
Air India To Operate Boeing 777
The flight AI-175 from Bengaluru to San Francisco will operate with a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays departing from Bengaluru at 2.30 p.m. to arrive in San Francisco at 5 p.m. (local time) on the same day.
The return flight AI-176 from San Francisco to Bengaluru will operate on Saturdays and Tuesdays leaving San Francisco at 8.30 p.m. (local time) to arrive in Bengaluru at 2.30 a.m. + 1 hour.
The Air India flight AI-107 from Hyderabad to Chicago will operate once a week every Friday departing from Hyderabad at 12.50 p.m. to arrive in Chicago at 6.05 p.m. (local time) on the same day.
The return Air India flight AI-108 from Chicago to Hyderabad will operate every Wednesday leaving Chicago at 9.30 p.m. (local time) to arrive in Hyderabad at 40 + 1 hours by Boeing 777LR aircraft.
Faster Connections via Air India
Passengers from Bengaluru and Hyderabad – both gateways to South India – will enjoy huge benefits travelling to San Francisco and Chicago as these Air India flights will enable faster and easier connections. At present, Air India operates non-stop flights from Delhi to New York, Newark, Washington, San Francisco and Chicago and from Mumbai to Newark.
For more information, passengers can also log on to: www.airindia.in or call toll free number 1860 233 1407.
Air India Suitor
Meanwhile, Mint reported that New York-based Interups Inc, which had earlier shown its interest in bidding for national carrier Air India Limited, has now choosen not to submit an expression of interest (EoI), the chairman of the company said on Tuesday ahead of the deadline to submit physical EoIs.
The company had earlier submitted an electronic EoI but decided to not to go ahead with physical EoI.
“Instead of filing we have rather chosen to support the employees who already have filed their bid as we are offered an opinion that filing a separate bid with same affiliation may disqualify the interested bidder and this legal fallacy will leave only one potential bidder,” Laxmi Prasad, the company’s chairman was quoted by the Mint report.
As things stand, a section of Air India Ltd’s employees, and Tata Group are among those who have filed EoIs for Air India.
About 219 employees of the airline, headed by the airline’s director (commercial) and board member Meenakshi Mallik have submitted EoI to bid for the airline. The employee group, which has placed a seperate bid, hopes to tie up with a private equity fund.
The process has been divided into two stages, Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola explained at a press conference on Tuesday. In the first stage, expressions of interest (EoI) were received from interested bidders who will now be shortlisted contingent on their eligibility as defined by the terms in the Preliminary Information Memorandum (PIM), reported ANI.
“The strategic disinvestment of Air India is a transparent two-step process. The first process is the submission of ‘Expression of Interest’, which is bidders showing interest in Air India. It is a confidential process and as of now, multiple ‘Expression of Interest’ have been received. Their scrutiny process is going on. It will be completed by January 5 and we will have eligible bidders, (sic)” Kharola was quoted as saying by ANI.
In stage II, shortlisted bidders will be given a request for proposal (RFP), post which a transparent bidding process will take place.
The EoIs are currently being evaluated by the Ministry of Finance’s Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) and the qualified bidders, who will be allowed to make financial bids for the airline, will be revealed on January 5.