United Airline on Wednesday announced two new India routes — a daily flight between Delhi and Chicago from December 2020; and Bengaluru and San Francisco (SFO) from spring 2021 (meaning between March 20 and June 21).
American Airlines has also plan to start a Bengaluru-Seattle non-stop from this winter but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the airline has postponed the plan by a year.
United will become the only airline to operate a flight between San Francisco and Bangalore, India, and between Newark/New York and Johannesburg.
“United has served India with nonstop service for 15 years and now builds on its existing service to New Delhi and Mumbai with two new routes. Beginning December 2020, United will introduce new nonstop service between Chicago and New Delhi, for the first time ever, United customers will be able to travel nonstop between San Francisco and Bangalore starting spring 2021.” United Airlines said in a statement.
|Destination||UA Hub||Service||Season Start|
|Bangalore, India||SFO||Daily, 787-9||Spring 2021|
|New Delhi, India||ORD||Daily, 787-9||Winter 2020|
Before the coronavirus pandemic, the airline was operating a daily flight between Newark-Delhi and Newark-Mumbai. Its SFO-Delhi was to be a daily in winter and thrice-weekly in summer.
United is now operating flights between Delhi – Newark, Delhi – San Francisco and Mumbai – Newark under the air transport bubble India has created with the US.
“Chicago has the second-highest population of Indian-Americans in the United States, and customers from more than 130 U.S. cities can connect on United through O’Hare International Airport. Service from San Francisco to Bangalore connects two international technology hubs, broadening United’s west coast service to India, which also includes San Francisco to New Delhi.”
“Now is the right time to take a bold step in evolving our global network to help our customers reconnect with friends, family, and colleagues around the world,” said Patrick Quayle, United’s vice president of International Network and Alliances.
“These new nonstop routes provide shorter travel times and convenient one-stop connections from across the United States, demonstrating United’s continued innovative and forward-looking approach to rebuilding our network to meet the travel needs of our customers.”