Air India, a Star
Alliance member, has resumed non-stop flights between Mumbai and
JFK airport in New York.
The service, which was suspended in early 2019, is
the third non-stop Air India flight from Mumbai to the USA.
Air India will operate the daily flight with newly
inducted Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, increasing Air India’s India-US
frequency to 47 non-stop flights per week.
Air India Boeing 787-8. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com
The airline currently
operates non-stop flights from Mumbai to San Francisco and Newark,
from Delhi to New York, Newark, Washington DC, San Francisco and
Chicago, and from Bengaluru to San Francisco.
Flight AI119 from Mumbai to New York is
scheduled to depart Mumbai at 00:55, arriving in New York at 06:55 the same day.
The return flight, AI116, is slated to leave New York at 10:55
and arrive in Mumbai at
11:35 the following day.
element of Air India’s Vihaan.AI transformation is considerably
improving connectivity between India’s major cities and major
global destinations,” said Campbell Wilson, CEO & MD, Air India.“Adding this new service from Mumbai to New
York JFK, following December’s launch of non-stop flights
from Mumbai to San Francisco, affirms our commitment to develop a
major international hub in India’s commercial capital. With the
opening of this route, Air India will offer 47 nonstop flights
available each week between India and the United States, with a
further 14 serving Canada every week.”
The resumption is in line with the airline’s goal
of developing Mumbai as a significant hub, second only to Delhi, providing maximum international connectivity
between India and the rest of the world.
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