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Published on : Monday, November 30, 2015
Air India, the Indian national flag carrier, commences its first-ever non -stop flights between Delhi-San Francisco from December 2, 2015. Slated to be one of the longest flights in the world, Air India will currently operate three flights services a week- Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, from Delhi, using Boeing 777 LR (long-range) aircraft. The introductory flight will be connected to other metros like Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad etc. to reach out to travelers from these cities wanting a non-stop service to the West Coast of the United States of America.
San Francisco is one of the most popular destinations of the world and a major gateway for Indian travelers. There are many iconic landmarks all over the city, with a versatility that few other cities can match. An example is the famous Golden Gate Bridge, which is one of the most photographed images of the US across the globe. San Francisco is also the center of one of the greatest technological districts on the planet and one of the most environmentally friendly. Amongst this diversity, visitors can find a metropolis with never ending list of things to do. The city is constantly evolving, while being charming and delightful as ever, it is also the perfect base to explore the rest of California – the pristine beaches, the Redwood forests, Wine Country, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, etc.
While expressing happiness on Air India’s initiative Tom Kiely, Executive Vice President and Chief Tourism Officer, San Francisco Travel stated “We are delighted to partner with Air India on the introduction of this new airline route for our valued travelers including both business and leisure. This expansion of new route is key in strengthening our commitment to the growing and important Indian market.”
“I am pleased to welcome Air India to San Francisco – the Innovation Capital of the World,” said Mayor Lee. “By creating the first-ever nonstop service between San Francisco and Delhi, Air India has united two great cultural and economic centers of the world. As the only nonstop flight between India and the West Coast of the United States, I fully expect this new service to be a success.”
San Francisco International Airport is not only one of the world’s premier gateways; it is practically a city in itself. The airport boasts of an accredited art museum, a soaring, billion-dollar International Terminal, clusters of shops stocked with keepsakes, locally made chocolates and sourdough morsels, and a bounty of multicultural restaurants – many of them offshoots of Bay Area culinary favorites. The airport is also one of the leading gateways for Indians traveling to the US.
“I am excited that Air India has selected SFO for their newest route in the United States,” said Airport Director John L. Martin. “This service firmly establishes our Airport as the premier gateway to Asia and the Subcontinent, and provides an unparalleled level of global access to our guests.”
India is a very significant growth market for San Francisco Travel. In 2014 the city witnessed 149,000 Indian travelers and India ranks among the top 10 international markets, in terms of arrivals as well as of spending per visitor.