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.