American Airlines, the oneworld member airline, based in the USA, has announced a second route launch to India, which will launch in 2021.
American Airlines New York JFK and New Delhi connectivity to launch on October 31, 2021
Beginning October 31, 2021, American will launch a nonstop service from New York (JFK) to New Delhi (DEL) on a Boeing 777-200 to meet the solid local demand. With Qatar Airways partnership and previously announced Seattle (SEA) to Bengaluru (BLR) route, which is now scheduled to launch in October 2021, American claims that it will offer customers more ways to fly between the United States and India than any other airline partnership.
Flights to New Delhi will connect customers to India’s capital territory three times per week and then daily during the holiday peak from November 17, 2021, to January 3, 2022.
The 7,318-mile-long flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-200 from the American Airlines fleet, which is configured with 273 seats:
- 37 flat-bed Business class seats
- 24 recliner Premium Economy seats
- 66 Main Cabin Extra seats
- 146 Standard Seats
American also plans to launch a flight between Seattle and Bangalore on October 31, 2021. This new flight will also compete with a San Francisco – Bangalore flight coming up in the same time frame from United.
What befuddles me is this doubleheader into India at the same time. Remember, American closed its only non-stop flight into India (Chicago/Delhi) in 2012 during its reorganisation and hasn’t looked back at India in years. And now, in the year of the pandemic, it wants to come back with two flights.
India – USA flights, are profitable; no questions asked there given the elimination of one-stop competition for the time being and the focus on non-stop. Still, something must be there which has kept Delta away from re-launching their flight between New York to Mumbai yet, and that part of the equation does not add up. Is it AA just trying to corner slots and then see how the economics works later?
What do you think of the new announcement of American Airlines to enter India with two flights, one between Seattle and Bangalore and a second between New York JFK and Delhi in the coming months?
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