India's national carrier Air India on Friday announced that it would convert the India-China via Bangkok flights into direct services that would cut travel time from March 30.
With four flights a week, non-stop direct services would be operated from Shanghai to Delhi and onwards to Mumbai, skipping Bangkok, enabling faster travel, the airliner said.
The flights to India would be on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The travel time from Shanghai to Delhi would be around six hours and to Mumbai about nine hours, it said in a statement here.
The flight will depart Shanghai at 2200 hrs and arrive in Delhi at 0200 hrs and Mumbai at 0520 hrs, the next day.
On the return leg, it will depart Mumbai at 0800 hrs, Delhi at 1130 hrs and arrive in Shanghai at 2010 hrs the same day, it said. Air India launched flights to Shanghai four years ago on the routing Shanghai-Bangkok-Delhi-Mumbai