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American Airlines opens bookings for New York to New Delhi route

Last week, American Airlines announced that it will add yet another long-haul route to New Delhi from its hub at New York. Well, this flight is now for sale, so we know what the schedule will look like. Let’s take a look.

Flights to New Delhi

Starting 31st October 2021, American Airlines will fly 3-times-a-week between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. Here’s the flight schedule:

  • New York-New Delhi
  • Departure time: 20:10
  • Arrival time: 19:30 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 13 hours and 50 minutes
  • Flight number: AA292
  • Frequency: Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • New Delhi-New York
  • Departure time: 23:55
  • Arrival time: 06:30 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 16 hours and 05 minutes
  • Flight number: AA293
  • Frequency: Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Note that the New Delhi-New York sector will start from 1st November 2021

American Airlines will use a Boeing B777-200ER for this route which consists of a total of 273 seats, including 37 business class seats, 24 premium economy seats, and 212 economy seats.

American will deploy a Boeing B777-200ER on New Delhi route. Photo: Pinterest

Second route to India in the same month

American Airlines will also fly from Seattle to Bengaluru. This route was first announced in February 2020 but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the service never took-off. However, the carrier now plans to launch this route a day earlier than the New Delhi service.

Starting 30th October 2021, American will fly daily between Seattle in the United States and Bengaluru, also known as the Silicon Valley of India. Flight schedule for the same is:

  • Seattle-Bengaluru
  • Departure time: 17:55
  • Arrival time: 23:05 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 16 hours and 40 minutes
  • Flight number: AA180
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Bengaluru-Seattle
  • Departure time: 01:45
  • Arrival time: 06:00
  • Flight time: 16 hours and 45 minutes
  • Flight number: AA181
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Note that the Bengaluru-Seattle sector will start from 1st November 2021

Bengaluru route will be served by a Boeing B787-9 which has a total of 285 seats, including 30 business class seats, 21 premium economy seats, 34 extra-legroom economy seats and 200 standard economy class seats.

Business class on American’s B787 Dreamliner. Photo: The Points Guy

Resuming flights to India after almost a decade

American Airlines is resuming flights to India after approximate 9 and a half years. The airline last served the Indian market in March 2012 when it was running Chicago-New Delhi route. Since then, the carrier has remained absent in India. Interestingly the New York to Delhi route will use the same flight numbers that this route used to have.

American’s New York to New Delhi route is being added thanks to the American and JetBlue strategic alliance in the Northeast. With this we’re seeing American expand into new long haul markets, while JetBlue provides much of the regional feed for these flights.

The New Delhi route is the 5th new long-haul route announced by American is the past several months. The other 4 also from New York are:

  • Seasonal Athens flight
  • Year-round Rio de Janeiro flight
  • Year-round Santiago flight
  • Year-round Tel Aviv flight

Strong market between India and the US

Indian national carrier Air India operates a daily flight from New York to New Delhi and Mumbai. From San Francisco, Air India operates flights to New Delhi and Bengaluru while from Chicago, the airline operates to New Delhi and Hyderabad.

United flies daily from Newark to New Delhi and Mumbai. From Chicago, the airline operates flights to New Delhi while from San Francisco, it operates to New Delhi and Bengaluru.

And now, American will operate flights from New York to New Delhi and from Seattle to Bengaluru. All in all, when American starts flying to India, more than 10 flights a day will be flying between India and the United States.

Featured image by OneWorld

What do you think of American’s India expansion plans? Are you excited to fly between India and the US on American? Let me know in the comments section below.

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