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Air India drops flights from Heathrow to New York – but adds Bangalore

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One of the more obscure ways of getting from London to New York is on Air India.

The airline flies the route three times per week as a continuation of a flight from Ahmedabad to Heathrow, using ‘fifth freedom’ traffic rights.  You could redeem miles for this via any Star Alliance programme.

Air India Boeing 787

Air India’s Heathrow to New York service will end on 16th November.  The airline will use the landing slots to launch a new service to Bangalore, starting on 17th November.  The existing Delhi and Mumbai services from Heathrow will continue as usual.

Another little aviation oddity bites the dust.

Comments (101)

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  • Russell Evans says:

    OT – See Curve Instagram. Suggestion AMEX linkage may return “soon”….

  • mike says:


    so get your cheap tier points and silver status now while it lasts people!

    • E says:

      Thought this sounded just like a threat not actually leaving at this point.

    • KevMc says:

      I thought they were only threatening to do this? Where have you seen it confirmed?

    • Memesweeper says:

      This has been suggested before. Any swift exit from Oneworld by Qatar would not be too bad for UK collectors/frequent fliers, as there is a deep and deepening partnership between Qatar and BA which I’m certain will continue.

  • Mycity says:

    Have just had an email from Virgin, they’ve increased reward availability and reduced the miles needed by 25%, not sure if it all classes and seems it’s from London only to New York and Florida book by end October.

  • Crafty says:

    OT: Is there an equivalent to BA Redemption Finder for other airlines that take Avios as a currency? If not, what’s the best way to search for availability?

    For transparency, I am looking for availability on a Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Hanoi (and will also be interested in other Avios reward flights around Asia, as we are doing a 3-month trip!).

    • pauldb says:

      The Qantas website may be useful to you: it shows CX flights and will show you about a month at a time, but you may have to join the programme.

  • Louise says:

    OT- Tesco Xmas Savers,leave it 24hrs after activating on account before trying to top up in store, I had a wasted journey today as it’s not showing on their tills yet

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