Air India is set to launch flights between Amritsar-Delhi-Birmingham from August 1 2013.

 The flight, which expands Air India's global network with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner,  would operate four days a week, would be the fourth between India and the United Kingdom.

"Air India's direct flight from Delhi to Birmingham will not only fulfill the needs of the ethnic community to fly to India direct but also help to develop better tourism and trade relations in general," an Air India spokesperson said.

The new flight would operate on the Amritsar-Delhi- Birmingham-Delhi-Amritsar route with Dreamliner aircraft on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, he added.

Air India is also offering attractive inaugural fares on the Delhi-Birmingham-Delhi sector for a limited period with a free add on sector from Delhi to Ahmedabad, Kochi, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram.

The airline presently operates 21 flights to London per week, seven on the Mumbai-London sector and 14 on Delhi-London sector.

Air India also plans to connect Sydney-Melbourne from August, Rome and Milan from October and Moscow from early next year with its Boeing 787s

Neil Rami, chief executive of Marketing Birmingham, said: "This really is a major step forward for us. The city has a strong track record in attracting Indian investment – due to its close links to other European locations and strengths in sectors such as manufacturing and logistics – which has supported some 24,000 local jobs in the past decade. Air India’s commitment to a direct route to Delhi is a significant development in securing and growing further Indian investment and tourism into Birmingham."

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