With the introduction of the direct flight, passengers travelling from Ahmedabad and neighbouring places like Anand, Nadiad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Bhuj and Bhavnagar will be able to reach Frankfurt in 9 hours 15 minutes instead of the earlier 12 hours 50 minutes, thereby saving about three and half hours travel time taken while travelling via Mumbai till now. The reduction in travel time will also be experienced for West-bound flights from Frankfurt as passengers will be able to reach their destinations faster.
This new flight, operated with Boeing 747-400 aircraft will provide convenient connections to Newark and Chicago at Frankfurt, the new hub of Air India. Passengers coming in from Newark and Chicago will also connect to Ahmedabad at Frankfurt. The flight AI-121 will depart Ahmedabad at 0205 hrs. and arrive Frankfurt at 0650 hrs. The flight AI-120 will depart Frankfurt at 1110 hrs. and arrive Ahmedabad at 2225 hrs.
Ahmedabad will also have a daily flight to London via Mumbai with effect from June 1, 2009. The flight AI-131 will depart Ahmedabad at 2145 hrs., arrive Mumbai at 2245 hrs. leave Mumbai at 0220 hrs. and arrive London at 0730 hrs. On the return direction, flight AI-130 will depart London at 0945 hrs. arrive Mumbai at 2335 hrs. leave Mumbai at 0105 hrs. and arrive Ahmedabad at 0205 hrs. The Mumbai-London-Mumbai sector of this flight will be operated with the new state-of-the-art Boeing 777 aircraft.