Air India to launch Nairobi flight in September 2019

Air India operated flights to Nairobi back in the day, on Mumbai – Nairobi-Dar-es-Salaam sector, but pulled out in 2010 due to high operating costs. Kenya Airways currently operates 2x daily flights blocked at 6:30 hours one way with a Boeing 737-800. I have travelled on this route before, KQ 211/204 and it was a comfortable flight on a narrow body aircraft.
Air India Nairobi

Air India Boeing 787-8 Business Class Bed

On June 17, 2019, Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted that Air India will start nonstop flights on Mumbai-Nairobi route.

Well, Air India will launch 4x weekly flights between Mumbai and Nairobi from September 27, 2019. Air India will deploy a Boeing 787-8 on this route. The schedule for the flight is,

AI961 BOM0400 – 0730NBO 788 x146
AI962 NBO0900 – 1730BOM 788 x146

Air India Nairobi

Mumbai-Nairobi non-stop Air India flights

The Air India 787 is certainly a comfortable aircraft. You can read the review of the Business Class on this aircraft here and Economy Class here.

Bookings for the new non-stop flight to Nairobi from Mumbai are expected to open up shortly.

Will you book Air India’s non-stop flight to Nairobi?


  1. You may also want to add details on Indigo’s new CCU-RGN-RGN flights. Air India operates the similar route with GAY as a stopover for CCU-GAY-RGN and RGN-CCU few days a week.

  2. BTW Karan and Ajay,

    If you see the Twitter feed, you’ll notice that Ethiopian is adding ADD-BLR 4x weekly on a 738 beginning late Oct. 2019.

    You can erase this now!

    • Yeah. This is a new connection to BLR.
      B737 will fly out for 6.5 hours. Seems it will sit for a long time from morning to late night at BLR .

  3. Timings are good enough at the moment. Hope they code share with KQ . But AI is Star alliance and KQ is SKY Team.

    • These days cross-alliance codeshares are the norm. See Cathay Pacific with Air Canada, Cathay Pacific with Lufthansa, American Airlines with Korean Air, American Airlines with China Southern. Should be others.

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