The national carrier Air India will start a direct flight to Washington and also many new cities in the United States after it launches its services to San Francisco next month. Now there are only three non-stop flights to New York, Newark and Chicago.
The launch flight, both to and from San Francisco in California, had already been sold out and the demand was “tremendous“. Air India served Washington via New York and Los Angeles in California, but the service was discontinued before the merger of Indian Airlines with Air India in 2011.
The non-stop Delhi-San Francisco flight with a three-cabin configuration (the longest with duration of close to 17 hours) will help the Indian students in the U.S. West Coast, making travel easy and convenient. Air India will operate B77-200LR plane to San Francisco — the Silicon Valley hub. The flight to San Francisco will leave Delhi on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday while the return service will be on Thursday, Saturday and Monday which will provide onward connections to cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Pune and Bhubaneswar. Air India has flights to 34 international destinations spread across the U.S., Europe, Far-East and South-East and the Gulf.
Source: The Hindu