Air India on Tuesday announced nonstop direct flights from Amritsar to Birmingham, starting Independence Day this year. Announcing the news, Air India, through its Twitter handle said, "Fly to Birmingham from Amritsar nonstop with Maharajah."
Earlier on Monday, Air India had announced its inaugural passenger flight over the North Pole region from August 15 between New Delhi and San Francisco.
The first commercial service will be operated by Captain Ranjeesh Sharma and Captain Digvijay Singh, marking the "maturing of civil aviation in India as another frontier is crossed", said Air India Western Region Director Mukesh Bhatia.
"Passengers will benefit from the reduced fuel consumption and a better environment from the reduced carbon emissions," Mukesh Bhatia said on the new Polar flight route.
Air India is in a unique position to offer direct (non-stop) flights between India and North America, but the Polar route between the two countries has not yet been exploited.