Airlines like Jet Airways, Etihad Airways, and Air India have been taking on the challenge of taking people to India for short-haul flights, but some other carriers have been focusing on long-haul business travel.
This year, Air India announced it would offer its passengers the choice of booking flights to Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and other cities in the Indian subcontinent via its flagship carrier Jet Airways.
Jet Airways, however, says it won’t take a seat on Air India’s long-distance flights, instead, it will use its fleet of high-value aircraft to travel between the cities.
The company also says it will not take a position on its long-term contract flights to the Middle East and South Asia.
The new airline is already in talks with several Indian cities and the airline says it is committed to expanding its business to a global scale.
Air India, however has a long way to go.
The airline has yet to make a profit, and has had to spend heavily to modernize its fleet.
Air India is currently the third largest airline in India after Emirates and Indian Airlines, with revenues of $2.6 billion last year.