The Russian carrier Aeroflot confirms increased frequency of its flight services on the Delhi-Moscow route to seven times a week from the earlier four weekly services, from March 26.
To cater to the passenger traffic between the two capital cities, the airline has also started operating a Boeing 777 jet along with Airbus A330 Delmos Aviation, which handles cargo operations for Aeroflot in India, said in the statement.
Earlier this month, India and Russia ”in principle” agreed to revise their bilateral air services agreement. This allowed Russian carriers to operate up to 64 flights per week from 52 to India. Russian carriers are allowed to operate these flights to six Indian cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Kolkata, Amritsar and Ahmedabad.
The daily flights between Delhi and Moscow were commenced from March 26. On this route, the airline will operate both Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 with a total seating capacity of 410 and 293, respectively, in three class configurations – business, premium economy and economy, as per the statement.
As of the just-concluded winter season, the airline operated only four weekly flights on the route. The new regular flight services are crucial not only in terms of passenger movement but also from the cargo service point of view.
”This increase in frequency was long overdue as the number of passengers has increased in good measure,”Naveen Rao, Director, Delmos Aviation.
”These daily flights will give a boost to tourism as well as the cargo supply chain. Due to increasing trade between the two countries, the Moscow-Delhi route is one of the long-established and high-demand routes…In addition, the cargo supply chain will be more effective,” saidOleg Korolev, Head of cargo, Aeroflot.
The industry is witnessing a high demand for the shipments of pharmaceuticals, DG (dangerous goods) and machine tools, among others.
”With a cargo capacity of approximately 25 tonnes per flight, we are open to accepting all special commodities, including DG shipments,”Anish Khatri, GM for Delmos Aviation – GSSA Cargo Aeroflot Airlines.