Air-India celebrates 50 years of flight services to HK


HONG KONG - Over the next two months, Air-India would be celebrating its Golden Jubilee of flight operations to Hong Kong.

It was on August 14, 1954 that Air-India's weekly service from Bombay (now known as Mumbai) via Calcutta (as Kolkata was known then) and Bangkok to Hong Kong.

"Since then Air-India has played a pivotal role in the development of travel and trade between India and Hong Kong and has provided the vital link to strengthen the bonds of friendship between both," said the carrier's regional director, Far East, South-east Asia & Australasia, V J Casshyap.

"Growth in Air-India's flights to this region has been phenomenal. The only thing that's been holding us is that we don't have adequate fleet capacity," he told TravelWeekly.

"We are inducting more leased aircraft and awaiting approval to buy new aircraft."

Last Friday, Air-India launched its inaugural thrice weekly flight between Mumbai and Los Angeles.

The airline is holding trade events in Singapore (July 5), Hong Kong (August 14) and Bangkok (August 14) to commemorate the Golden Jubilee celebrations.

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