As of now the Government-owned airline, carries out its most of European operations with Boeing 787-800 (Dreamliner) aircraft besides servicing some of the domestic routes.
Air India has a total of 21 B787-800 planes in its fleet of 132 aircraft. Air India will connect Newark with Ahmedabad via London from August 15, airline's chief Ashwani Lohani told reporters at the sideline of a tourism event here on Wednesday.
The new service will be catered by Dreamliner plane, he said adding that Ahmedabad-London-Newark service will operate three times a week. "After this, we plan to connect two capital cities, New Delhi and Washington DC," he said. Air India currently operates flight services New York, San Francisco, Newark and Chicago from New Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
The San Francisco flight, launched last December, was airline's first non-stop service connecting India with America's West Coast. Besides seeking to expand in the US market, Air India has plans to spread its wings further in the European region, where it currently operates to eight destinations including the UK, France, Germany and Italy.