Air India will fly Bangalore to San Francisco & Hyderabad to Chicago
This was very unexpected. Air India has announced two new major long-haul routes:
Bangalore (BLR) to San Francisco (SFO):
Starting January 11, 2021, Air India will launch flights between Bangalore/Bengaluru and San Francisco, becoming the first airline to connect India’s tech hub with North America.
This flight will operate twice a week on the Boeing 777-200LR.
Most notably, Air India is now the third carrier to announce flights from Bangalore to the United States. American Airlines was supposed to be the first carrier to fly from the U.S. to Bangalore with Seattle to Bangalore, but they pushed it to Winter 2021. United is planning to launch San Francisco to Bangalore in May 2021, but Air India has beat them to the route.
At 8,701 miles, Bangalore to San Francisco is now Air India’s longest route and it’s one of the world’s top 10 longest flights in terms of distance.
San Francisco is Bangalore’s number one unserved destination in the United States with around 126,000 passengers each year. Bangalore is expected to complement Air India’s existing Delhi to San Francisco service.
Hyderabad (HYD) to Chicago O-Hare (ORD)
In my opinion, this is the more surprising route. From January 15, 2021, Air India will launch nonstop service from Hyderabad to Chicago. This is the first nonstop service from Hyderabad to North America.
Hyderabad to Chicago is around 8,263 miles. This flight will operate once a week on the 777-200LR.
This new flight will complement Air India’s existing Delhi to Chicago flight.
Overall, these are two surprising routes during these times. The India to U.S. market will grow significantly next year with United launching Chicago to Delhi, SFO to Bangalore, American launching Seattle to Bangalore, and now Air India’s two new routes.
What are your thoughts on these new routes?