Indian State carrier Air India is considering to start a direct flight to Washington. The move is planned to come in couple of months as Air India recently started a direct fight to San Francisco. It was the fourth US city connected directly by Air India first three being New- York , Newark and Chicago . The move was annonunced by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju at a function organized prior to the launc h of direct flight to San Francisco. Air India is planning on connecting as many US cities as possible and would like to earn more profit from the sector.
The direct flight to San Francisco was in huge demand and was sold out within a few days of launch . Air India used to fly to Washington via New York and also to Los Angeles but was stopped after merger of Air India and Indian Airlines in 2011.
The flight to Sanfrancisco will be one of the longest flights with a duration close to 17 hours . Air India plans to use newly bought B77-200R aircraft on this route .This will be first direct flight from Air India to the US west coast. It would help connect India to Silicon Valley directly . The flight to San Francisco will depart of Wednesday Friday and Sunday and will arrive to Delhi on Monday , Thursday and Saturday .It will have a three configuration seating plan with 8 first class, 35 business and 195 economy class seats.
Air India currently flies to 35 destinations including middle east and Australia .