Air India to Begin New Delhi-San Francisco Service Round-the-World
Air India announced approval from the Director General of Civil Aviation to operate its New Delhi to San Francisco flight by flying over the Pacific Ocean instead of the current flight path, which is over the Atlantic. The return flight will continue in an easterly direction over the continental United States and out over the Atlantic.
The move will make the Indian flag carrier the only airline to operate what is technically a round-the-world flight although it will not carry the same flight number nor will it make any other stops, unlike Pan Am’s vaunted round-the-world flights, namely Pan Am 1 and Pan Am 2, which continued around the world with one flight number, making stops in major cities along the way.
The airline is planning to begin to fly the new route starting October 16.
By flying eastbound, the journey would take advantage of heavy tailwinds and therefore save on both fuel as well as time, making the round-trip in as many as 90 minutes shorter than the traditional route.
The route is currently operated three days a week, but will be offered six days a week once the new flights are in use.
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