Monday, January 11, 2021

Bengaluru: Two land at KIA in first flight from SFO, return after 11 hours

Bengaluru: The all-women crew on Air India’s longest direct flight from San Francisco to Bengaluru was welcomed by an elated crowd at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in the early hours of Monday.

Two passengers who arrived in flight AI 176 in the morning grabbed eyeballs as they returned in the connecting flight — the first linking South India directly to the United States — 11 hours after landing here.

The return flight departed at 2.30pm with a different crew and 220 passengers who embarked on a 17-hour direct journey to the US.

In the afternoon, KIA’s gate number 44 was buzzing with activity as the excited passengers and crew of the first flight from Bengaluru to San Francisco gathered for a felicitation.

Businessmen Karunakar Abbireddy and Gopal Srinivasan boarded the flight to Silicon Valley after attending the event along with other flyers.

“Abbireddy had travelled to and fro in first-class. Srinivasan had flown in economy class to Bengaluru and returned in business class on AI 175. These passengers are businessmen who came to Bengaluru for their work and returned to San Francisco after spending 11 hours here,” said an Air India official.

12/01/21 Petlee Peter/Times of India

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