As per the report of TNN, aviation sources said Air India may resume the flight operation of its direct non-stop flights between Bengaluru and San Francisco from 10th June.
The flight between Bengaluru and San Francisco has been grounded since 13th May due to poor patronage as a result of the lockdown in Karnataka amid the second wave of Coronavirus.
The last flight to San Francisco took off from Bengaluru Airport on May 10 and the next flight on May 13 was grounded. The last return flight reached Bengaluru on May 10 and has since remained grounded.
Earlier, Air India has operated two non-stop flights per week to Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore, departing on Saturday and Tuesday. The return flight from Bangalore arrives on Mondays and Thursdays,
Due to the second wave of Coronavirus in India international flights have been restricted to air bubbles between Indian and other countries. The United States, among other nations, initially restricted and subsequently banned flights from India with an increase in daily fresh Covid cases in April and May.
The first non-stop flight between Bengaluru and United States inaugurated in January 2021. The Inaugural flight was operated on January 11 this year with an all-woman crew, including four pilots, from Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport.
Air India has deployed its Boeing 777-200LR long-range to operate the flights. The aircraft is equipped with 238 seats – 8 First Class, 35 Business Class, and 195 Economy Class seats.
It must be noted that with its Bengaluru-San Francisco route, Air India has set two new records it is the longest route at 14,000+ km (8,698 miles) and longest flight to and from India (over 16 hours).