Easy Access to India


Air Canada is preparing to launch non-stop Toronto-Delhi service, with the airline’s Vijay Bathija promising that the upcoming route “will make it very easy” for people to get to India.

Bathija told a Toronto gathering last week that the airline will use a “state-of-the-art” B787 Dreamliner to link the cities.

Plans now call for four-times-a-week service, but Bathija held out the possibility that the frequency could be increased.

“The more you support it, the more we’re going to add flights.”

The flights will have three classes of service and in-flight entertainment at each seat will have up to 600 hours of on-demand programming, prompting Air Canada’s Keith Dalgado to tell the audience that Air Canada will take them “there in style.”

Meanwhile, Anil Oraw of India Tourism Toronto told the gathering that his “diverse” homeland features the likes of 4,670 miles of coast and 1,500 miles of Himalayan mountains.

Oraw said India is lively, adding around “every corner there is a festival.”

India also has some of the “most beautiful hotels in the world,” he said, citing the likes of upscale India-based chain Oberoi.