Monday, November 13, 2017

The U.S.-India aviation market has become well known for its highs, lows, and a history full of on-and-off flights.

Looking particularly at the last decade, U.S. airlines have struggled to find success in flights to the world’s second most populous nation. This in recent years has generally left travelers looking to fly from the States to India with two other options: Air India and the Gulf carriers.

Many cry foul, saying this is one of the markets in which the gulf carriers dominate because of subsidies, especially as many travelers argue it is because of their superior onboard product and lower prices.

And for U.S. airlines, finding how to make money on routes to India has been very much about trial and error.

Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier American Airlines flew from Chicago O’Hare to the Indian capital of Delhi for just over half a decade, but after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2011, that route was one of many that had to go. Now, American provides service to the Indian subcontinent through codeshares with numerous oneworld Alliance partners including gulf carrier, Qatar Airways.
13/11/17 Parker Davis/AirlineGeeks