Air India launches Delhi-Washington flight
Air India today launched its first flight to Washington DC from New Delhi, thereby adding its fifth destination in the US.
Air India has deployed its 238-seater Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft to cater to the new direct service to the US. The plane offers eight seats in first class, 35 in business and 195 in economy class.
The launch took place at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport here in the presence of Charge de Affairs of US Embassy Marykay Loss Carlson, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani, Commercial Director of Air India Pankaj Shrivastava, among other airline officials.
Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna, Lohani and Srivastava are also flying to Washington.
According to the airline spokesperson, the occupancy on flights to Washington is at 90% for the month of July.
The airline will operate a bigger 321-seater Boeing 777- 300ER aircraft between July 9 and 17, he said. Washington is the the fifth destination for Air India.
The service to the US capital will be offered three times a week. Apart from Washington, Air India flies to four US airports - New York, Newark, Chicago and San Francisco.
There are daily flights to Newark, New York and Chicago. However, its Delhi-San Francisco flight is operated six times a week.