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Air India is expanding the frequency of its Delhi-Vancouver route from 3x weekly to daily from August 31. AI185 will depart DEL at 05:15, arriving YVR at 07:15. AI186 will leave YVR daily at 10:15, arriving DEL at 13:15+1.
The airline says the enhancement in frequency was driven by to increasing traffic between India and Canada, and has been enabled by the return to service of the widebody Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft with three class configuration of first, business and economy.
Air India says it has been working closely with Boeing following its acquisition by Tata Group to restore aircraft that had been grounded for prolonged periods due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other reasons.
The progressive restoration of these aircraft has already allowed the airline to increase schedule resilience and will allow further frequency and network increases over the coming months.
"This increase in our frequency between Delhi and Vancouver is very welcome for many reasons. It is another sign of recovery from the pandemic and caters to strong customer demand. More importantly, it marks the first step in restoring Air India's fleet and international network," said Campbell Wilson, MD and CEO, Air India.
"We are pleased to mark this significant milestone, and the team at Air India is hard at work to enable more expansion in the near future," he added.
Air India's widebody fleet currently stands at 43 aircraft, of which 33 are operational. This is a significant improvement from 28 aircraft that the airline was operating until recently. The airline says the remaining aircraft will be progressively returned to service by early 2023.
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