Air India, the biggest operator of non-stop flights from India to the US, has announced a new direct flight from Bengaluru to San Francisco starting in October-end.
Story so far: Air India will start nonstop service between the two silicon cities twice a week from October-end. This initiative comes after United Airlines’ proposed direct flight kept getting deferred as western airlines are not overflying Russian airspace. This is also the reason for the delay in the launch of American Airlines’ Bengaluru-Seattle direct flight.
- The Bengaluru-San Fransisco route is in popular demand as Indian-origin American entrepreneurs have pointed out the lack of connectivity.
- Since Air India still overflies the Russian airspace, its flights have access to the shortest route possible.
Bigger fleet: Air India has also announced that it will be leasing five Boeing 777 long-range aircraft. After these have been added to the fleet, Bengaluru-San Francisco flights will operate three times every week.