DELHI- Tata-owned Indian FSC Air India (AI) has updated the winter schedule for 2023/24 with new flights to the United States (US) Routes, including Newark (EWR), San Francisco (SFO), and Washington DC (IAD).
A few days back, Air India introduced special airfare for US routes in both Economy Class and Premium Economy Class. Economy Class fares, which include all fees, start at INR 42,999 for one-way travel and INR 52,999 for return trips.
Air India Adds More US Flights
Air India has announced an expansion of its services on three routes departing from Delhi (DEL):
- The Delhi to Washington D.C. (IAD) route will see the addition of a fourth weekly flight, effective from November 21.
- A fourth weekly flight will be introduced on the Delhi to Newark (EWR) route starting November 27.
- The Delhi to San Francisco (SFO) route will experience an increase in frequency with the introduction of an eleventh weekly flight commencing from November 24.
The Indian carrier operates 47 non-stop flights each week from Delhi, Bengaluru, and Mumbai to five American cities: New York, Newark (New Jersey), Washington DC, Chicago, and San Francisco.
AI Plans Dallas Flights
According to the Aarnav Kharwar Twitter post, India’s leading international carrier is evaluating India to Dallas routes as it prepares to induct the first A350 by November.
Certain senior sales executives recently met with Gateway Tours and Travels’s CEO and other high-ranking officials associated with scholartrip.com and based in Dallas.
There is a high possibility that the airline start new flights between Hyderabad (HYD) and Dallas (DFW). Furthermore, the Tata Group-backed carrier is also considering and evaluating the possibility of starting flights to other US cities.
Other Possible US Routes
Air India (AI) is actively considering operating flights to additional US cities, including Los Angeles (LAX), as part of its expansion strategy.
Reliable sources within the airline have disclosed to TOI that the company is currently evaluating various metrics to determine the feasibility of these new routes
Los Angeles and Boston have emerged as prime contenders for the airline’s long-haul flights from India. Air India’s management is meticulously assessing these cities to ascertain their viability as new destinations.
Further, the process of selecting a new destination requires a thorough evaluation of several critical factors. This includes fleet size, pilot strength, and traffic volume on the route.
Subsequently, aviation industry experts confirm that the current pilot strength, cabin crew, and ground staff training for deployment at potential new airports are key considerations.
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