Here is what Air India is preparing this winter.
Air India’s brand-new Mumbai to San Francisco nonstop service takes off in early December in barely 2 months. It means it’ll have 11 routes to North America this winter, its highest number yet.
It follows Air India revealing it’ll lease 30 aircraft, including 5 B777-200LRs while returning existing aircraft to service. Under the transformation plan, new ownership, and new CEO, Air India is in expansion mode.
Air India’s recently announced
Air India’s recently declared Mumbai to San Francisco will be its third route to the city. It’ll join Bengaluru – which will now resume in December and not October – and long-standing Delhi. It’ll have 16x weekly flights to San Francisco, its highest to date. I look at Mumbai-San Francisco below.
The Star Alliance airline will have 11 routes to North America this winter: nine to the USA and 2 to Canada. That’s almost double the 6 routes it had in pre-pandemic winter 2019 and up from 10 in winter 2020 and winter 2021. According to OAG, it has 351,000 nonstop North American seats this winter, as shown below.
First Mumbai to San Francisco nonstop flight
The biggest change is the brand-new Mumbai to San Francisco. Air India‘s website shows that it’ll start on December 15th – not the 2nd, as reported in many places.
At 8,406 miles (13,529km), it’ll run 3x weekly operating three-class, 238-seat B777-200LRs. These have eight first seats, 35 in business, and 195 in the economy. It is scheduled as follows, with all times local:
- Mumbai to San Francisco: AI179, 14:30-17:00 (block time 16h)
- San Francisco to Mumbai: AI180, 21:00-03:40+2 (17h 10m)
Booking data shows that, in 2019, the market had 148,000 roundtrip passengers with an average one-way fare (excluding taxes and any fuel surcharge) of $510. It was Mumbai’s biggest unserved market in North America. It means that, when split equally across the year, San Francisco had 203 passengers daily each way to/from Mumbai.
That makes 11 North American routes
As Delhi is Air India’s main hub, seven of its routes are from the city. The addition of Mumbai to San Francisco means the California airport, also important in Star Alliance terms, has more routes than any other North American airport.
Note that Bengaluru to San Francisco resumes on December 2nd – not the 15th, as reported in many places. And while not bookable, OAG shows that it is scheduled at 5x weekly from December. This isn’t to tell that’ll happen – it probably won’t – but it has been filed.
|Routing||Weekly flights this winter||Aircraft|
|Delhi to San Francisco||10x weekly||B777-200LR|
|Delhi to Chicago||8x weekly||7x B777-300ER, 1x B777-200LR|
|Delhi to New York JFK||7x weekly (1x daily)||B777-300ER|
|Delhi to Toronto||7x weekly (1x daily)||B777-300ER|
|Delhi to Vancouver||7x weekly (1x daily)||B777-300ER|
|Bengaluru to San Francisco (resumes December 2nd)||3x weekly||B777-200LR|
|Delhi to Newark||3x weekly||B777-300ER|
|Delhi to Washington Dulles||3x weekly||B787-8|
|Mumbai to Newark||3x weekly||B777-300ER|
|Mumbai to San Francisco (begins December 15th)||3x weekly||B777-200LR|
|Hyderabad to Chicago||1x weekly||B777-200LR|
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