Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Air India to fly Bengaluru-San Francisco direct flights from October-end

New Delhi: From October-end, Tata-owned Air India will connect the silicon cities of India and the US – Bengaluru and San Francisco – with direct flights. Air India will start a twice weekly nonstop service between the two cities this winter schedule.

“Bengaluru will get a twice weekly (to start with) to SFO sometime later this winter schedule,” people in the know told ToI. Air India’s initiative comes as United Airline’s proposed Bengaluru-San Francisco flight keeps getting deferred as western airlines are not overflying Russian airspace. This is the same reason that is causing a delay in the launch of American Airlines’ proposed Bengaluru-Seattle nonstop flight.

The Bengaluru-San Francisco route is in much demand with some Indian origin American entrepreneurs even flagging the issue of a lack of direct connectivity on the sector during Union commerce minister Piyush Goyal’s visit to the West Coast earlier this month.

It is noteworthy that Air India is the biggest operator of nonstop flights between India and the US as it still overflies the Russian airspace, allowing its flights to take the shortest possible route. Meanwhile, the carrier had recently announced taking on lease five Boeing 777 long range (LR) aircraft. These ex-Delta aircraft will join AI fleet between this December and March 2023.

After these aircraft join Air India’s fleet, Bengaluru will have a thrice weekly flight to San Francisco.

26/09/22 ETNow

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