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An Air India passenger plane takes off from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad January 30, 2013.Reuters file

Government-owned carrier Air India plans to launch new flights to Washington D.C. (USA), Tel Aviv (Israel), Stockholm (Sweden) and Africa. The airline is yet to give time schedule for when the flights will be launched. 

Air India's Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani said that the airline will receive six Boeing 787 aircraft and three 777, which will join Air India's fleet next year, The Hindu reported. The carrier requires the new aircrafts to launch international  flight operations to USA, Israel and Sweden. 

Air India has re-launched a new app, which would allow passengers to book flight tickets, check-in and manage every aspect from their mobile devices. The app has been developed by SITA. 

Using the new app, passengers can obtain their flight boarding pass on their smart phones, the app developer said in a statement. In addition, the passengers would receive regular flight updates, and they could use the app for mobile boarding. From December 1, the carrier will start its Delhi-Madrid service thrice a week and is also increasing the frequency of its Bangalore-Delhi-San Francisco flight to six days a week.

The new app has been termed as "sales and distribution channel for Air India. SITA has worked alongside Air India over the past few years, supporting their passenger management and distribution at every step. This new app is an extension of that relationship," Maneesh Jaikrishna, SITA's Vice President for India and the sub-continent was quoted as saying by the publication.

The managing director said the app is a step forward to enhance earnings from e-commerce and said that the airline will soon improve its website as well. 

Air India  market share increased 0.1 percent and the airline clocked 14.7 percent in September as against 14.6 percent in the previous month (August). It recorded passenger load factor (PLF) of 79 percent during the same month.