Air India commences new services to Mumbai from London Stansted

Air India has commenced its second long-haul route from London Stansted with the launch of its new three-times a week service to Mumbai, India.

The new Mumbai service is the first ever direct link from London Stansted to India’s largest city, which is considered the financial and entertainment capital of the country. The Indian airline launched its Amritsar route four months ago – a popular route with passengers from across London and the east of England.

Aboudy Nasser, London Stansted’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: ‘The launch of Air India’s new service to Mumbai is a fantastic addition to London Stansted’s route network and a real vote of confidence in the airport and the catchment area we serve coming less than four months after the airline joined us for its inaugural service to Amritsar.

‘Already 200,00 people travel to India’s economic hub from our region every year, so with the added convenience of flying from their local airport saving valuable time and money by avoiding other London airports, we expect this service to be very popular with passengers as we continue to build our successful and growing relationship with Air India at London Stansted.’

‘This is great news for me personally and for the team at o2h Ventures. Flying to Mumbai previously meant travelling from other UK airports but the new direct service from Stansted will save us several hours commuting time. Mumbai is rated amongst the top 10 centres for commerce and is known as the commercial capital of India so I’m confident the new route will help facilitate business opportunities for companies in both countries,’ said Sunil Shah CEO of o2h ventures, a leading investment firm based in Cambridge

The new Mumbai route will be served by a 256-seat Boeing 787 Dreamliner and will initially operate until the end of the winter flight schedule.

London Stansted Airport has further announced plans for new charging points for passengers’ electric vehicles and additional investment into facilities that support the airport’s public transport usage. Under the plan, up to 13 high-speed electric charging points will be installed at a new charging station on Thremhall Avenue later this year. The airport will also soon introduce charging points into its Meet and Greet car parks.

Virgin Atlantic announces new route from London to Mumbai

Virgin Atlantic has announced the launch of its new route from London Heathrow to Mumbai.

The new daily service linking the two cities will operate onboard the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with complimentary food and drink and over 300 hours of entertainment. Customers can also stay connected throughout their flight as all of the airline’s Dreamliners are fully Wi-Fi enabled.

Travellers will also be able to make connections between India and the US via London Heathrow. Together with partner Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic offers customers a choice of U.S. destinations. Co-located at Terminal Three, both airlines offer over 28 daily flights between London and the USA.

Juha Jarvinen, executive vice president of commercial at Virgin Atlantic, said: ‘2019 marks a significant period of growth for Virgin Atlantic and I’m delighted that we’re expanding our route network by returning to Mumbai.

‘Along with our long-standing route to Delhi, we are now able to provide travellers with an increased offering to the thriving Indian market and an opportunity to experience our award winning service between the UK and India. Together with our partners at Delta, we offer an excellent choice of connections to the USA via Heathrow Airport.’

Dave Hodges, commercial manager for India at Virgin Atlantic said: ‘We are really excited to now have a daily flight serving Mumbai-London. Amidst the festive season in India, it is a special time to start the flight and we are confident that Mumbai is going to love the best of Bollywood entertainment and the best Indian food onboard our state of the art 787-9 Dreamliner.’

Virgin Atlantic is expanding its offering and Mumbai is the third new route announcement this year – following on from Tel Aviv and Sao Paulo. The new routes are available to book at https://www.virginatlantic.com/ .

Virgin Atlantic to relaunch London Heathrow- Mumbai service

Virgin Atlantic has recently announced plans to relaunch its flights between London Heathrow and Mumbai, India, with flights on sale starting tomorrow, May 28.

The daily service will be operated year-round with the first service commencing on October 27, 2019. The new service is in addition to the airline’s long established route between London and Delhi.

Juha Jarvinen, Executive Vice President, Commercial, at Virgin Atlantic, commented, ‘2019 marks a significant period of growth for Virgin Atlantic and I’m delighted that we’re continuing to expand our route network once more, by returning to Mumbai. Until recently we’ve been able to serve this important market through our partnership with Jet Airways, however, since Jet Airways has sadly suspended its operation, we now have an opportunity to provide alternative options for our customers and meet this demand.’

The Mumbai flights will be operated on Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft, offering customers Upper Class (31), Premium (35) and Economy Light, Classic and Delight cabins (192).

Virgin Atlantic offers a full on board service in each of its cabins, featuring complimentary food, drink and over 300 hours of entertainment across films, TV and music channels. All of the airline’s 787-9 are fully Wi-Fi enabled, allowing customers to stay connected throughout their flight.

The new Mumbai flight is Virgin Atlantic’s 27th daily service from London Heathrow and its third new route announcement this year. Flights to Tel Aviv, Israel are set to commence in September 2019, with flights to Sao Paulo, Brazil starting in 2020, the airline said in a release.

Travel Assistance from IISc Team Aids Navigation in Mumbai

Dr Ashish Verma, a professor at the Civil Engineering Department of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and his team, have announced that they have launched a mapping and trip planner to help travellers in Mumbai, India.

Verma said that the tool would do away with the problems associated with having to ask for directions, especially for those not fluent in the local language. The tool is called Maargamitra, and it is a sponsored project that the team has been working on for close to two years.

The project called for the mapping of Mumbai’s public transportation system. The work is ongoing and when the mapping is complete, travellers using the service will be able to travel safely using their digital devices. The plan is to offer seamless integration, in which all transport options such as Volvo buses, metro trains and regular buses would be considered.

Verma said, ‘For now the website will consider only Volvo, Big 10 and Metro Reach 1 options. One of our major challenges was gathering data about the regular routes and schedules of BMTC buses, which are not with the BMTC themselves. We will soon add all routes. While the front end application is Google Maps, we have our own systems in the back end which crunch all the numbers.’

Maargamitra works on Google Chrome and Internet Explorer browsers. Using it, travellers can see a list of bus route numbers and fares and also highlight a route on Google Maps on the screen.

Verma said that the team is trying to work to add more cities to the software in the near future.