NEW DELHI: United Airlines launched its Delhi-Chicago nonstop on Saturday morning, connecting the capital to three American cities now — New York (Newark), San Francisco (SFO) and the windy city — on its network.
Next summer, it will start Bengaluru-SFO nonstop. These flights will be operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
United country manager (India) Harvinder Singh said: “We are excited to inaugurate our daily, nonstop service between New Delhi and our hometown Chicago O’Hare hub. This new flight strengthens our international route network and provides our customers from India with even greater travel choice, as well as the option of our Polaris business class service with flat-bed seats. With a network of connections from our Chicago O’Hare hub to 84 other destinations across the US, Mexico and the Caribbean, the new service opens up opportunities for both business and leisure travellers alike.”
Till now, United had flights on Newark-Delhi and Mumbai routes and SFO-Delhi. With the new route, it will operate four daily nonstop flights from India. A new daily nonstop service between Bengaluru and San Francisco will commence on May 8, 2021.
“United will be the first US carrier to provide nonstop service from Bengaluru to the US and will offer more nonstop services from India than any other US airline,” it said in a statement.
Air India and United are the only two airlines flying direct between India and US at the moment under the air bubble agreement. Vistara is planning to start these flights. Delta is yet to relaunch and next winter American Airlines also plans to start a Seattle-Bengaluru nonstop.
Delhi Airport CEO Videh Kumar Jaipuriar said: “At Delhi Airport, we are delighted to welcome United Airlines’ non-stop flight service between New Delhi and Chicago. This route will provide individuals with another opportunity to fly non-stop between the two countries. It will not only help improve the business-related travel experience, but also encourage personal visits by a large Indian diaspora based in Chicago.”
Source From : Times Of India