Today, the first direct flight from Delhi to Dulles lands

Published on : Sunday, July 9, 2017

planeThe first nonstop flight service from Delhi to Virginia and the D.C. region landed in Dulles International Airport via Air India today.

Sabre Global Demand Data highlights that India is already the fourth largest overseas travel market for the Capital region. Rita McClenny, president and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation explained that the new flight route will hearten the tourism sector to the state. She also added that this direct flight will attract 30,000 new passengers for business, education and tourism.

To quote McClenny, “It’s going to give visitors a nonstop transportation way to get directly to Virginia. In many cases that’s what people want. They want the easiest mode of travel on an airline that they trust.”

Met with celebratory water cannons, the sold-out plane touched Dulles at 7 a.m. with the first flight coming in at 15 hours and 20 minutes

Traditional Indian beverage like masala chai and pineapple kesari at Friday Morning’s ribbon cutting were some of the ways the guests celebrated the landing of the flight.

Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) talked with Ashwani Lohani, the chairman and managing director of Air India Limited, about the direct flight from Dehli to Virginia since 2015.

To quote McAuliffe, “Here in the capital region we build bridges of economic opportunity to countries. We look forward to the opportunities this new route will provide for people in Virginia and India alike. This will be an important avenue for business, tourism and educational opportunities between our two great countries.”

Lohani said, “The Washington, D.C.,Mmetro is Air India’s fifth U.S. destination after New York, Newark, Chicago and San Francisco, and it reinforces our commitment to providing the most convenient service between the United States and India,”

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