Air India has now officially joined the Star Alliance, and as of today, Air India flights are bookable with Aeroplan. Taking a quick peek at the inventory, there is considerable inventory in First and Business class. Even better, Aeroplan is not charging YQ on Air India flights! Normally to get to India from Canada, the most convenient routing was with Lufthansa, which charges a huge YQ fee, or on the direct with United, which was hard to find availability on. With AI joining the circus, we can get to India without paying extraordinary fees!
AI does not fly to Canada, but they do fly between Newark EWR – Mumbai BOM; New York City JFK – Delhi DEL; Chicago ORD – Delhi DEL. They have the most coverage of any airline within India, which will allow you to get to more interesting and far flung places than would have otherwise been possible on Aeroplan.
My list of no YQ Aeroplan flights has been updated.