Indian national carrier Air India is all set to start non-stop connectivity from Hyderabad with the United States as it will launch its direct flight from the city to Chicago from January 15.
Air India will operate Boeing 777-200 aircraft, with a seating capacity of 238 (8 First Class + 35 Business Class + 195 Economy Class) on the route. In addition to Hyderabad-Chicago direct flight, Air India also plans to connect Bengaluru and San Francisco from next month.
The Hyderabad – Chicago flight will be the first scheduled service between South India and the United States (US).
Hyderabad-US-Hyderabad has been the largest unserved passenger origin and destination market between India and the US, with a potential of over 7,00,000 passengers annually. Hyderabad is a gateway to south and central India, and a preferred and the largest transit hub said the Hyderabad airport operator.
Hyderabad offers convenient proximity for passengers originating from nearby cities like Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam, Nagpur, Bhubaneswar, Rajahmundry, Bhopal, and Tirupati, pushing an additional demand of approximately 220,000 passengers annually.
“The launch of this route brings two destinations closer for all our passengers who have been waiting eagerly for a direct flight from Hyderabad to the USA. We are constantly working on linking more cities domestic and international with a focus on high standards of safety to serve our passengers,” said CEO, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd., Pradeep Panicker.
Hyderabad is a second home to many US-based firms and as much as 70% of the total IT exports to the US is from Hyderabad, said the release, adding that the city is known as the Pharma Capital of India and a vaccine manufacturing hub of India.