Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced during his recent visit to Silicon Valley that national carrier Air India will begin non-stop service to San Francisco — but from New Delhi, not from India’s tech center of Bengaluru (Bangalore) as initially reported.
The carrier will use a 777-200LR for the 16-hour, 7,670-mile journey. It will begin December 2, and will operate three days a week (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday). The aircraft will have eight first class seats, 35 in business class and 195 in economy.
Roundtrip fares will be about $1,600 in economy and $4,300 in business class — or if you want to go in luxury, $12,000 in first class. The flight from San Francisco will operate westbound, following a polar route over Alaska.
Air India said the San Francisco-New Delhi flight will provide easy connections to nine other cities, including Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Kochi, Ahmedabad, Pune and Bhubaneswar.
Because the routing takes the flight to New Delhi in northern India instead of Bengaluru in the south, it won’t be the world’s longest non-stop. That title will go to Emirates’ planned new 8,580-mile route from Dubai to Panama City, which is due to begin in February.
According to Wikipedia, the longest current non-stops from San Francisco are Etihad’s 8,158-mile flight to Abu Dhabi and Emirates’ 8,103-mile routing to Dubai– both clocking in just under 16 hours.
NOTE: Be sure to click here to see all recent TravelSkills posts about: SFO could get world’s longest flight + PreCheck: Fewer free rides + Plight of the tall traveler + Photos: New United first class seat + 6 secrets for snagging low fares