Air India makes Frankfurt its European hub

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Air India has decided Frankfurt will be its main hub in Europe, a move that comes as it prepares to join the Star Alliance.

The flag carrier serves several European cities such as London, Paris and Frankfurt but an Air India spokeswoman in Mumbai says it never had a European hub before.

The Frankfurt hub comes as Air India prepares to join the Star Alliance and it means the airline will have the same European hub as alliance member Lufthansa.

The spokeswoman says the airline will continue to offer non-stop and one-stop services to the USA.

Air India's services to Chicago and New York Newark already fly via Frankfurt. But the spokeswoman was unable to say what new services will be going via Frankfurt or if there will be new codeshares with Lufthansa.

In a statement Air India says it is launching a non-stop Delhi-San Francisco service later this year using Boeing 777-200LRs. It has three 777-200LRs on order and says these will be inducted in the June-August period.

In December 2007 Star officially accepted Air India's application to join the airline group. At the time, the airline said it aimed to fulfil the entry criteria in time to join 15 months later.