Air India to connect London to New York in a few weeks

Air India at Times Square, New York

Air India at Times Square, New York

Air India has been working non-stop behind the scenes to up their game on a new flight which was announced inadvertently in May, but only showed up on the Air India website this week. Air India has been an old hand on flights across the pond with 5th freedom rights, and used to operated flights between London & New York till 2009 before pulling out (LHR-JFK till October 2008, and LHR-EWR from 2008 onwards to March 2009, per They’ve been there since 1960, and started services with a 707, then a 747 and eventually a 777.

Air India between London and Newark

Air India between London and Newark

Air India will be launching a new Ahmedabad – London flight as of August 15, 2016, and further connect into Newark (EWR) on the same flight using Fifth freedom rights Air India has had for a very long time on this route. The service will be operated on a Dreamliner from Air India, which has 18 business class and 238 Economy Class seats.


Routemap Ahmedabad, London, Newark

The schedule for the flight is shared above, but repeated below for easier understanding:

    • AI171 AMD0530 – 1015LHR1230 – 1500EWR 788 135
    • AI172 EWR0020 – 1205LHR1400 – 0330+1AMD 788 4
    • AI172 EWR2230 – 1015+1LHR1230+1 – 0200+2AMD 788 15

Evidently, the flight is the last departure from Newark to London, and leaves the same time as Virgin Atlantic for across the pond.

Free stopovers at London

Passengers travelling onwards to Ahmedabad can also choose to make a free stopover in London, once per trip, either at the start or the end of the trip.

To operate this flight, Air India is pulling out of one of their Delhi-London frequencies, and using that plane to get the 17th weekly service started on Air India between India and New York.

Air India’s recent experiments with the US of A seem to have begun to bear fruit. The Delhi – San Francisco flight is doing very well.

Move to Terminal 2

The flight will be operated from Terminal 2 when arriving and departing at London, so this means the nice Star Alliance Terminal rather than the Air India operations at Terminal 4 which are not so great.

Is anyone booked on this flight and ready to take one for the team to write a trip report?

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  1. Although announced only recently, the flight has been bookable at least since the last week of May. Stumbled across it when looking for tickets from AMD to EWR in September. This flight will take the AMD-LHR route to 10 times weekly instead of the current daily. How well this particular flight performs without the BOM tag flight is another question. I just don’t think that that are enough O&D passengers on this route. We may see BOM tag flights on this route sooner rather than later

      • AI has three daily wide body flights on AMD-BOM sector. The only reason I shifted my business from 9W to AI on that sector. Onward from BOM its always 9W. The evening 777 that goes AMD-BOM-EWR is a particular treat. The beast is so lightly loaded for the 50 minute hop that it takes off in practically no time!! And the early morning BOM to AMD coming in from LHR on the 787 is a favourite for the return. Is there anything more calming than watching the sun rise over the flexed wing of a 787? Avgeek for life!!

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