Today’s news in brief:

LOT reportedly planning new service to Bengaluru

Polish airline LOT, a member of the Star Alliance, is reportedly considering launching flights to Bengaluru. The airline already flies from its Warsaw hub to Delhi using its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Following reports in the Indian market, LOT told us: “As Poland’s flag carrier, LOT continuously evaluate opportunities to connect people in terms of route development, and let me assure you that India is considered a strategic market for LOT Polish Airlines, after the successful launch of flights between the Polish and Indian capitals in 2019.

“Post-COVID19 we are certainly considering connectivity to additional metropolitan regions to provide non-stop services, and this includes Bengaluru.”

According to the Economic Times, the new route was confirmed by LOT’s regional director Amit Ray. We’ll update you as soon as we get more details on the service.

If you are interested in business class flights to Europe, LOT regularly has cheap fares on its flight from Delhi to Warsaw, and onwards to other European destinations, so it’s worth bearing in mind as travel opens up.

Vistara teams up with ITC

Vistara has announced a new partnership with ITC Hotels which promises additional benefits for members of the companies’ respective loyalty schemes.

As part of the tie up, Club ITC members can transfer their ITC Green Points to Vistara (at a rate of three Green Points for 2 CV Points) in order to redeem award flights on Vistara and its partner airlines.

To initiate a transfer, write to clubitc.care@itc.in giving your Club Vistara ID along with your Club ITC membership ID and the number of Green Points you would like to be transferred (minimum 600). Alternatively, log into your Club ITC membership account and place the transfer request under the “Redeem” section.

For a limited time, a a tier match is also running. Until November 30, Club Vistara members are invited to apply for an exclusive tier match with Club ITC. Club Vistara silver members will be granted ITC silver status, while Vistara’s platinum and gold frequent flyers can claim ITC gold status.

For full details of the partnership, see this page of the Vistara website. You can also read our review of the ITC Grand Central Mumbai.

Air India considering ‘flights to nowhere’

Borrowing an idea from Australian airline Qantas, Air India is said to be considering its own scenic flights ‘to nowhere’ (which take off and land at the same airport).

The concept of joyride flights is nothing new, but it has recently emerged as a way for people to enjoy the thrill of flying - despite the various travel restrictions that have emerged since the coronavirus pandemic.

In Australia, Qantas has announced seven-hour flights that will overfly sights such as the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney Harbour.

According to Sputnik News, Air India is now working on its own low-flying expeditions that would allow passengers to enjoy close-up views of some of India’s famous landmarks. Wide-body jets such as the Air India 777 and 747 are being lined up to perform the flights.