Aviation

Air India to launch thrice a week Delhi-San Francisco flight

DELHI

goldengate800Air India has announced the launch of a non-stop flight to San Francisco from December 2, fulfilling a long-pending demand of Indian IT professionals on a day Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting the Silicon Valley.

In a statement to the media Air India announced Sunday that the flight will operate from Delhi on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

San Francisco will be the national carrier’s fourth destination in the United States after New York, Newark and Chicago where it operates daily non-stop flights.

Incidentally the airline is to use the Boeing 777-200 Long Range aircraft, five of which it sold to Etihad in 2013. Etihad used the aircraft it purchased from Air India to launch services to Los Angeles.

San Francisco will be the national carrier’s fourth destination in the United States after New York, Newark and Chicago where it operates daily non-stop flights.

The five Boeing 777-200 LR sold to Etihad were part of the 68 aircraft order worth Rs. 35,000 crore that AI had signed in 2005. Since the time that AI sold the aircraft to Etihad, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier has acquired a 26 per cent stake in Jet Airways.

“The San Francisco flight will make travel easy and convenient for students and parents of non-resident Indians. Business travellers looking for short stays and direct options will also be hugely benefited by this connection, just like the existing three non-stop flights,” Air India said.

Passengers from Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pune will have seamless connections to the flight from Delhi.

Likewise, the return flight from San Francisco will provide onward connections to Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Pune and Bhubaneswar. The flight to and from San Francisco will operate three days a week, on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

With global fuel prices declining by an average of 40 per cent of what they were earlier, Air India is to make another attempt to provide a non-stop connection from Delhi to San Francisco.

Agencies

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