Air India had launched their Delhi – San Francisco operations back in 2015, which became one of their most profitable routes and they were operating 9-10X weekly as the route matured. United followed into their footsteps as well and launched Delhi – SFO of their own as well in 2018. Now, as the race to launch non-stops between India and the USA starts in right earnest, Air India seems to be taking a one-up on United for their upcoming San Francisco – Bengaluru non-stop flights.
Bangalore used to have a routing via Delhi so far, and it has been a long-standing ask of Bengaluru travellers to get them a direct non-stop flight. Now, Air India is planning to launch its own Bengaluru – San Francisco non-stop flight in the coming months.
Air India is planning to launch its Bengaluru – San Francisco non-stop flight, clocking over 16 hours from January 11, 2021. The flight will operate two times a week with the Boeing 77L, beating United by about five months on the launch of this routing. The plane will operate right at the edge of the envelope of the Boeing 77L, and will be a full 1,000 miles longer than the DEL-SFO route.
This flight is expected to save at least 5 hours on this route (2.5 hours for Bangalore – Delhi and about 2.5 hours to connect). Here are the flight details:
AI 175 BLR1430 – 1700SFO 14 77L
AI 176 SFO2030 – 0230+2BLR 25 77L
When business air travel comes back, Air India will find enough spoils on this route to get some business travellers compared to United, which plans to put a superior Polaris product on the route.
Similarly, Air India is planning to launch a Hyderabad – Chicago non-stop flight as well on January 9, 2021, for once a week operation.
AI107 HYD1250 – 1805ORD 5 77L
AI108 ORD2130 – 0040(+1)HYD 3 77L
Air India San Francisco to Bangalore and Hyderabad to Chicago non-stop flights will be launched in January 2021. The first one will be with a Boeing 777 Long Range aircraft. This flight is expected to complement the Delhi – San Francisco operation, which is five times a week at the moment.
This is excellent news for those who frequent this route and would find savings for about 5 hours to get to their eventual destination. What do you think of this route launch?
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