India to Europe
There seems to
be a new kid on the block, or maybe he's been on the block
for a long time, but I just haven't seen him. In the past
if you were taking a long distance flight(say from NY to
Vietnam), and the plane had to refuel in a third country
somewhere(say Germany), you couldn't get off. There were
strick regulations governing which airlines could fly where
and left people on and/or off. With the Open Skies agreements
that seems to be changing and we're beginning to be able
to fly any airline to anywhere and from anywhere, as long
as it goes to and from there.
Air India is
now advertising flights from some major US cities to some
major European cities
Los Angeles - Frankfurt
Newark - Paris
New York - London
Toronto - Birmingham
and showing a
long list of code share airlines they work with...
Swiss(LX) 7 A330
Austrian Airlines (OS)
From what I'm
reading, the airline is still trying to please it's passengers
and consider them an important part of their business plan.
That could make for an interesting flight reminiscent of
the days of past when you actually felt that the airlines
departure and destination options are fairly limited, but
if you are near or able to get to one of their departure
cities, it is probably worth looking into.....
With the trend
of Open Skies spreading throughout the world the options
of which airline flies where will open up significantly.
At present most aiirlines can only fly from their home country
direct to another country, but with international agreements
being signed any airline will be able to fly between any
two countries(if the airline thinks it's profitable enough)!
Air India is the one airline I know about right now with
flights to Europe, but there may be others that I don't
know about and certainly others are sure to follow soon.