Monday, July 09, 2018

San Francisco, Delhi get closer as India cuts travel time by an hour

New Delhi: The west coast of America is closer to India than ever before, in terms of travel time.
Air India has shaved off almost an hour from the over 16-hour Delhi-San Francisco (SFO) flying time by charting a new path over North Russia while taking the Pacific Route to the Golden Gate. AI’s is the only direct flight between India and US west coast, also one of the longest nonstop on earth, which currently goes nine times a week.
“AI operations zeroed in on a new route that involves flying over north Russia where the average flying time, depending on wind, will be 15 hours and 30 minutes. It will be 50 minutes less than the usual 16 hours and 20 minutes taken on the other Pacific route we took till now. Lesser flying time will mean we will save $5,625 (about Rs 3.9 lakh at Rs 69 to a dollar) in terms of fuel burn on this route over the earlier Pacific route,” said a senior AI official.
09/07/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India