Air India launches first direct flight between Bengaluru and San Francisco
Passengers from Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport/KIAB) will soon fly non-stop to San Francisco (SFO) as India’s national carrier Air India is set to launch a twice weekly service, scheduled to commence from January 11, 2021.
This would be the first non-stop flight between Bengaluru and the United States, connecting the world’s two tech hubs – the original Silicon Valley and the Silicon Valley of India. The flight is a significant milestone for BLR Airport for the airport too. This will tremendously help passengers, enabling faster and easier access to cities on the West Coast of the United States. It is expected to meet the demand of corporate customers travelling to SFO and adjoining areas in the US.
Air India plans to operate a 238-seater Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft, to serve the largest unserved international origin/ destination (O/D) market for BLR Airport. Bengaluru and San Francisco are ranked first and second, respectively, among the World’s top 45 digitally advanced cities.
The new route sets two records – it would be Air India’s longest route at over 14,000 km (8,698 miles) and longest flight to and from India (over 16 hours). The national carrier has opened ticket booking from November 25.