The past weekend was an important one for the US-India market. American Airlines launched its non-stop service between New York JFK Airport (JFK) and New Delhi IGI Airport (DEL). Operated with American Airlines’ flagship Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, the route is slated to operate as a year-round service, adding to the overall capacity on the route, currently served by United (from Newark) and Air India. The service also marked a return of American Airlines to India since the carrier cut its flights to Delhi in 2012.
American Airlines New York JFK – Delhi flights, launched
On Friday, November 12, 2021, American Airlines launched flight AA292, in the presence of the Consul General of India, Randhir Jaiswal at Terminal 8, New York JFK.
New wings to US🇺🇸- India🇮🇳 connectivity.
Consul General @randhir_jk participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the inaugural New York-New Delhi #AmericanAirlines flight at JFK airport. Happy and safe travel to #incredibleindia.@MEAIndia @MoCA_GoI @PIB_India @AmericanAir pic.twitter.com/1q77Iw92Hd
— India in New York (@IndiainNewYork) November 13, 2021
American Airlines’ new service to India (AA292) departs JFK at 6:51 pm and arrives in New Delhi at about 8:30 pm the following day, with a time of just about 15 hours blocked for the time. The return service departs New Delhi at 00:55 am every day to arrive in New York at 07:04 am.
For the time being, American Airlines is operating this sector with its flagship 77W aircraft, as we mentioned above. The 77W has a four-cabin service on the plane, with a First Class cabin of 8 seats and 52 business class seats in a reverse herringbone configuration. This is followed by 28 premium economy seats and 188 economy seats. The aircraft is equipped with wifi and power ports on all seats.
Come Summer 2022, the aircraft used on this route will move to a Boeing 772 aircraft without a Flagship First cabin.
The route has seen slight delays, with American Airlines having postponed the flight twice over by a week, perhaps to accommodate the opening up of the US to non-citizens/residents again. On the other hand, the San Francisco – Bengaluru flight has been postponed to the Summer 2022 Schedule.
American Airlines has tied up with JetBlue and IndiGo to feed to the JFK-DEL service
American Airlines is using the combination of the capabilities of JetBlue, and American Airlines own feed from other airports as a part of its new Northeast alliance. The two airlines are now partners, and JetBlue will provide flight services to bring customers to New York, just like IndiGo will feed customers on the Indian end. Customers who fly IndiGo under the codeshare of American Airlines will still receive their AAdvantage miles on flying the IndiGo codeshare flights.
American Airlines is now the second US airline to fly to India. United flies to Delhi from three US gateways: San Francisco (SFO), Chicago (ORD), and Newark (EWR). Separately, it flies to Mumbai (BOM) from Newark (EWR). From Delhi, Air India flies to San Francisco (SFO), Chicago (ORD), Washington D.C. (IAD), Newark (EWR), and New York (JFK) from Delhi. From Mumbai (BOM), AI is connected to Newark (EWR). Air India also flies between San Francisco (SFO) to Bangalore (BLR).
Delta used to fly between BOM and JFK, however that route has been withdrawn for a while, and there is no hint from Delta if it intends to return on this route.
There is one more option to fly non-stop between New York and Delhi, after Air India and United. American Airlines has entered the route on a daily flight between the two cities, with a feed from JetBlue on the US end and IndiGo on the Indian end. The airline will fly a 4-cabin product on this route until March 2022 and then switch to a 3-cabin product.
Is anyone of you planning to fly American Airlines between the US and India anytime soon?
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