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hindu kush: Hindu Kush route begins saving time, cash on Air India nonstops between Delhi and the west

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NEW DELHI: For the reason that closure of Afghan airspace for industrial flights in mid-August, Delhi-London’s flying time had elevated to nearly 9.5 hours. Airways are taking the longer route by way of south Pakistan (under Afghanistan) after which coming into Iran-Turkey-beyond as an alternative of the shorter Pakistan-Afghanistan-Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan flight path earlier.
However on October 7, Air India’s AI 111 flew from Delhi to London in simply over 8.5 hours due to the airline starting to take a brand new route — over the mighty Hindu Kush ranges — for its nonstops between Delhi and UK and North America. AI 111 of October 4 had taken over 9.5 hours because it took the pst mid-August longer route.

AI 111 Delhi-London. October 4 2021, takes the route being taken since Afghan airspace closure for industrial flights in mid-August.
Flight time: 9 hours and 37 minutes
“On a return North America flight, we’ll save 4 tonnes of gasoline (1 tonne whereas going and three on return). On a return UK flight, the saving will likely be 2.5 tonnes. In the mean time as a result of journey restrictions within the US (that carry from early November), the variety of flights just isn’t very excessive. Nonetheless, we’ll save 30 tonnes per week utilizing the Hindu Kush route. At $800 per tonne, the weekly saving is $24,000 or about Rs 18 lakh on the present trade fee. As restrictions are lifted and we mount extra flights to North America, the financial savings will multiply. As soon as Afghan airspace reopens, we’ll take the previous route,” AI officers had lately instructed TOI.

AI 111 Delhi-London. October 7, 2021, takes the Hindu Kush route from Delhi to London.
Flight time: 8 hours and 41 minutes
Carrying much less gasoline will imply extra payload when it comes to passengers and/or cargo. So the advantage of, say 4 tonnes, the saving will likely be double — carrying this a lot much less gasoline and as an alternative of taking the identical quantity of additional payload.
Right here’s the flight path that reveals precisely what distinction and the way the Hindu Kush route has made for AI nonstops.

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