Friday, September 16, 2022

Air India expands nonstop service from SFO

Air India said it plans to resume nonstop service to Bangalore from San Francisco International Airport and add nonstop service from SFO to Mumbai.

The service expansion at SFO was part of the carrier’s announcement that it’s adding five Boeing 777 aircraft to its fleet between December and March. Air India is tight-lipped on when it will start flying the nonstop routes from SFO to Bangalore and Mumbai.

The Air India SFO-to-Bangalore nonstop will operate three times per week, said the airline, which did not discuss the planned frequency of the SFO-to-Mumbai nonstop.

Air India currently operates 10 nonstop flights per week from SFO to New Delhi and is the only airline flying nonstop from SFO to India at this time. 

United Airlines, the dominant carrier at SFO, has temporarily suspended its SFO to New Delhi flight in response to the situation in Ukraine and continued closure of Russia air space, a United spokesperson said in August. United also has postponed several times its new SFO-to-Bangalore nonstop service, which is now scheduled to start March 25, 2023. 

United’s SFO-to-New Delhi nonstop is also appearing in United’s schedule, starting March 25, according to the airline's website. The carrier is selling tickets on the SFO-to-Bangalore nonstop for seats in economy, premium economy and business classes. On the SFO to New Delhi nonstop on March 25, the airline is listing fares for premium economy and business class tickets but economy class is “not available” despite a seat map that looks wide open, according to United’s website. United declined to comment Friday about its service from SFO to India.

16/09/22 Mark Calvey/San Francisco Business Times/BizJournals

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